Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo says he will look to leave the club in the January transfer window if his game-time doesn’t improve between now and the New Year.
A move to Everton collapsed last month and the 29-year-old has been told by Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni that he must be playing if he wants to remain in the national team. Explaining his situation, Rojo was frank about his future plans:
“It’s difficult to leave when you are in such a big club. I had the possibility of Everton, but by 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. The qualifiers and the Copa America are coming and I want to be part of that. I don’t want to be out again, I want to exhaust all the possibilities and compete to be here.”
It’s likely that Chris Smalling’s loan departure to Roma played a part in Rojo staying at Old Trafford, with Eric Bailly having been sidelined until Christmas with a knee injury.
The Ivorian’s return to fitness may, however, allow Rojo to leave when the transfer window reopens. With Bailly fit, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have six centre-backs in his first-team squad.
Axel Tuanzebe, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire are also available to the manager leaving United overstocked in the centre of defence.