OUTSTANDING New Zealand footballer Marco Rojas is expected to land a European contract, although he says reported interest from Liverpool and Juventus is just “rumours”.
While spending another season in the A-League with the Melbourne Victory is not out of the question, the newly crowned Johnny Warren Medal winner confirmed there were offers to move.
He has been linked to several clubs in Germany’s Bundesliga, including Werder Bremen, Nuremberg and Wolfsburg.
”It will be soon, it won’t drag on,” he told Fairfax NZ of the decision.
”I can just tell you that I didn’t hear anything about the Liverpool and Juventus ones, other than rumours. But there are offers there, there are a few so we’ll look over those and look over the one for staying here and decide what’s going to be best.”
The 21-year-old burst onto the scene with the Wellington Phoenix, before heading across the ditch.
He pulled nearly twice the number of votes of Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero to become the second Kiwi after Shane Smeltz to win the league’s major individual prize.
Melbourne were knocked out of the competition at the weekend.
”I’ve really enjoyed my time here in Melbourne and you always keep everything open. For me it’s all about developing myself as a footballer so whether I do that here or somewhere else, it’s something I haven’t decided on yet. I haven’t actually been able to speak with dad or anything about it because I’ve only just got back. But as soon as I see him we’ll talk about it and we’ll get things rolling.”
He scored 15 goals and provided nine assists as he formed a lethal partnership with Archie Thompson.
He sad it was “humbling” to win the award and mix with some of the biggest names in the sport.
”With the other players that were there, it wasn’t what I was expecting so definitely a big shock. I said hello to Shinji [Ono] but Del Piero was in and out pretty quick. It’s probably the award that players prefer to win the most, because it is done by your peers. For them to think of me like that, it’s humbling and I think that’s what makes it a pretty special award.”
Rojas also won the young player of the year award.