Rojo Looking For Game Time As He Eyes Argentina Return

Story By: Alex Cope, Sub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyGolders

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has hinted he could leave the club to have more game time as he targets a return to the Argentina national team.

The defender also called his compatriot Lionel Messi the greatest player of all time and says the Argentine national team are working to win a cup with the Barcelona to “end an era”.

The 29-year-old defender dropped the hint in an interview with Fox Sports.

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Rojo, who has only made five appearances for the Red Devils season, was asked about making a return to the Argentina national team and he said: “I spoke to (Argentina coach) Scaloni and I told him I would like to come back. He answered me very well, he knows what I can give.

“I’m working very hard here and if I want to be in the Copa America I have to play as much as possible. I still have hope and if I don’t manage it I’ll support them as a fan.”

Rojo has made 59 appearances for the Argentine national team, playing in the 2014 World Cup final and starting three of their four matches at the 2018 World Cup.

The versatile defender has struggled injuries with his time at Manchester United and the club are reportedly listening to offers for the Argentine.

Speaking of his national team’s struggles, Rojo said: “It’s been our turn to lose. The Copa America we lost in Chile was a much tougher blow for us than losing the World Cup final. In Brazil (in 2014) it was the first final we had played and obviously it hurt but there was also satisfaction in reaching that match. The two Copa America finals we lost hurt us a lot. It hurts at the time.”

He said his national teammate Lionel Messi is “the best player in history”, adding: “What I value the most is that he keeps on trying. At Barcelona he has won everything and he had a lot of individual awards, but he has that niggle with the national team that won’t let him down arms.

“Seeing him with a cup would make us feel we had achieved it because I was with him in those finals. It’d be the best way to end an era.” 

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Alex Cope

I am a senior writer and editor of the Golders news agency specialising in sports news from around the world.

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