Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo is pushing for a January exit from Old Trafford, claiming he will leave if he doesn’t get game time.
In an interview with Argentinean outlet Ole, Marcos Rojo has made it clear that he will strive to leave Manchester United in the January transfer window if he does not get much playing time between now and then. The Argentine defender also acknowledged his failed Everton move.
Rojo joined Manchester United in the wake of a solid 2014 World Cup campaign with Argentina. But, the player has never quite managed to cement his place in the first-team setup at Old Trafford, with injuries and inconsistencies tending to play spoilsport.
Rojo’s best phase in a Manchester United shirt came in the second half of the 2016-17 season before a long-term injury derailed his momentum. Since then, it has been all downhill and it was believed that 2018-19 would end up being his last campaign with the Premier League heavyweights.
Everton were the club who were linked with the most heavily with the 29-year-old, with the Toffees making a late bid to sign him on the British deadline day last month. But, Manchester United turned down the offer and Rojo ended up staying put at the club.
Despite not being sold by the Red Devils this summer, his fortunes are unlikely to improve anytime soon. As things stand, Rojo is a peripheral figure for Manchester United and the fourth-choice centre-back at best, with Axel Tuanzebe, Victor Lindelof and summer signing Harry Maguire all ahead of him in the pecking order.
As a result, it looks as if the Argentine international’s frustrations have boiled over. Speaking with Ole, Rojo confirmed Everton’s interest in his services before insisting that he will fight for a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side till December. But, if he is unable to secure a regular place in the team, he will push for a January exit.
“I’m sure that to play for the national team you have to play for your club, you have to always be there, and when you’re here, show why. It’s difficult to leave when you are at such a big club. I had the possibility of going to Everton, but due to the decisions of the club or the manager it wasn’t possible. Now I have to fight until December and, if it doesn’t work out, I will try to leave.”
With Solskjaer having plenty of centre-backs at his disposal, one can expect Manchester United to be open to offloading Rojo. But, it is likely that Manchester United will only agree to a permanent transfer instead of a loan deal, with widespread reports alluding to the same in the summer.