Marcos Rojo has confirmed his desire to stay at Manchester United and fight for a place next season despite receiving offers from other clubs.
The Argentinian is yet to play this season having been given an extended break by Louis van gaal after his involvement in the 2015 Copa America this summer.
In his absence, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind have forged a fantastic partnership which has raised questions over what role Rojo will play when fully fit but the South American has every intention of staying and winning his place back in the team.
Speaking to ESPNRadio, Rojo said: “I have received offers but my idea is to stay here and fight a position because it is a great club. I’ll try to play as much as you can.
“I’ll try to play as much as possible. I talked to Van Gaal when I returned and was upset by everything that had happened but he said he was counting on me.
“Van Gaal has a very strong personality, he demands much and is always on top of the player.
“Van Gaal has told me to compete with Daley Blind but I can also play to the side [at left-back], where I played several games last year.”
With Luke Shaw in imperious form and Blind surprising everyone at centre-back, Rojo does have his work cut out knocking either of them out of the team but he’s close to being available after playing for 60 minutes in a game behind closed doors against Ajax last week.
Surprising rumours emerged on Monday linking Rojo with an exit from the club so it’s good to hear him come out quickly to quash them.
At points last season, Rojo was arguably United’s best centre-back and would still get into the first-team when fit right now but regardless of whether is a start or not, Louis van Gaal could surely not afford to let him go.
With so few centre-backs at the club, it’s got to be a priority to keep the current ones happy. That being said, the only person who can force his way into van Gaal’s thinking is Rojo and that’s now his task.