Onazi’s team-mate Vrij rubbishes Manchester United link

Lazio's defender from Netherlands Wesley Hoedt (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during UEFA Europa League football match Lazio versus Saint Etienne at Rome's Olympic stadium, on October 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

Ogenyi Onazi’s Lazio team-mate Stefan de Vrij has rubbished reports linking him with a move to Premiership giants Manchester United.

De Vrij who was a key part of Van Gaal’s Holland side that reached the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been persistently linked with a switch to Old Trafford because of connections with manager Louis van Gaal.

However, the 23-year-old has denied reports that suggest the pair will link up again at club level, insisting he wants to stay and win trophies with the Serie A giants.

“My future? Frequently I’m linked to Manchester United because Louis Van Gaal is there. But I want to win at Lazio.” De Vrij told Il Messaggero

United might have to look elsewhere as Van Gaal ponders how to strengthen his squad.

Despite starting the season well, reports suggest he is keen to add some new faces in the January transfer window.

Memphis Depay’s early struggles could prompt a bid for Southampton forward Sadio Mane, while Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans is also understood to be on United’s radar.