Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has spoken about why he did not join Everton, when the Goodison Park outfit wanted to sign him at the end of the transfer window.
No secret was made by Toffees boss Marco Silva that he needed to strengthen his defence, after the failure to re-sign Kurt Zouma, with the Argentina international said to be his main target, given his versatility which sees him able to play at centre-back or left-back.
Despite the advances of Everton to sign the 29-year-old, with a loan move the ideal one for the Merseyside outfit, it appears as though Manchester United would only allow the South American to leave on a permanent deal, scuppering any chances of him heading to Goodison Park.
Rojo was said to be keen to leave Old Trafford, as he bids to regain a starting berth in a club side which can give him the game time to allow himself to stake a claim in the Argentina squad for the Copa America next summer, having missed out on the tournament on his home continent earlier this year.
The defender has recently opened up on why the move did not happen, and what his plans are in order to ensure he is part of the set up for his national team come the end of the campaign.
“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,” Ole quotes him as saying.
“I have been fine for two years that I did not do the pre-season with the team, I feel very well physically. The most important thing for me is that, it is the coach’s decision to play or not.
“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 will be interesting to see if Everton are still an option for the Argentine in January, and if they are, whether the Toffees and Manchester United can come to a deal that allows Rojo to move and get his career back on track.