Wednesday, August 20, 2014
ROJO NOW A MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER
Rojo, who touched down in Manchester on Tuesday evening, has signed a four-year contract after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
Louis van Gaal made it a priority to sign a left-footed defender and stepped up his pursuit of Rojo, 24, following Saturday's shock home defeat by Swansea. The Argentine will wear the No 5 shirt.
"Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of 20million euros, with Nani joining the Portuguese club on a season-long loan," read a statement from United. "Marcos joins on a five-year contract''.
The deal was held up while United negotiated with Doyen Sports, the investment company that owned a percentage of Rojo's economic rights, but on Tuesday night both clubs confirmed all parties have agreed terms.
'It is such an honour to say that I now play for Manchester United,' Rojo told the club website. 'The Premier League is the most exciting league in the world and to have the chance to play in it for the world's biggest club is a dream for me.
'I am young and am very keen to continue to learn the game, so playing for such an experienced technical coach as Louis van Gaal is a fantastic opportunity for me. I have joined United to work hard with my team-mates to win trophies and I know that the manager shares that ambition.'
Van Gaal was similarly delighted in securing Rojo's services.
'Marcos is a very gifted defender. He has played at the highest level in world football and can play either as a central defender or left-back.
'He has ability, physical strength and a willingness to learn that means he has a very bright future ahead of him. He had a very strong World Cup and has been playing in Europe for a couple of years now. He is a very good addition to the team.'
The 24-year-old Argentine joins from Sporting Lisbon, with Nani moving to the Portuguese club on a season-long loan.
He began his career in his homeland with Estudiantes de la Plata and spent a single season with Spartak Moscow before moving to Sporting in 2012.
He also has 28 caps for his country and cannot wait to play his part in Louis van Gaal's new era at United.
Nani, who joined United from Sporting for £17m in 2007, has returned to his old club on loan for the season as part of the deal.
He was greeted by a mob of supporters in the Portuguese capital, jubilant at his comeback.