Sporting Lisbon chief Bruno de Carvalho has confirmed that Marcos Rojo has been disciplined by the club for attempting to force a move to Manchester United.
Reports this week suggested Rojo had handed in a transfer request to Sporting in order to push his move to United through but it hasn’t had the desired effect.
Carvalho has suggested Rojo’s actions mean any potential move could be delayed as a consequence of his actions.
“They are subject to disciplinary action, but they are not in the B team,” Carvalho said.
“Both players took decisions that have provoked strong, internal disciplinary action.
“A general note: Any player who does not follow the rules of the club, these two or any others, they can do what they want, but it only complicates the issue.
“Don’t use the press, be professionals. These players are subject to strong disciplinary measures.
“They can’t play on Saturday, if they want they can watch the game at home.
“We’ll see, it could delay things a lot, it could drag things out a lot, but on Saturday it will not be resolved.”
Whether or not Rojo handed in a transfer request, a ripple effect has happened. Doyen Sports, who own 75% of Rojo’s rights, have released a statement to defend their integrity and insist Sporting have full control over whether Rojo is sold and for how much after questions were asked about whether they would interfere in any transfer.
United’s need for a full-back has almost turned into desperation following the injury to Luke Shaw that leaves the squad without a recognised left-back, so expect Rojo’s name to continue to be linked with United.