Argentina defender Marcos Rojo has suggested a move to Manchester United is imminent, describing it as a ’dream’ to play for the Old Trafford club.
The Sporting Lisbon player has emerged as a key target for United manager Louis van Gaal, with reports suggesting United will pay £16m for Rojo while sending Portuguese winger Nani back to his former club on a one-year loan deal.
In an interview with the radio station Continental in his homeland, quoted in several national newspapers, Rojo said: “It’s a dream to play at Manchester United and I am very proud of having the chance of working with [Louis] van Gaal.
“I spoke with Juan Sebastian Veron about Manchester United when we were at Estudiantes. I have always liked English football, and I should adapt to this new playing style easily.”
United’s move for Rojo has been complicated by a row between Sporting and his a third-party ownership group, while the 24-year-old player upset his employers by initially refusing to train in a bid to push through the deal, although he later apologised and returned to work.
“There was a misunderstanding, I never wanted to do something wrong at Sporting as I have always been very thankful to that team that gave me many chances for playing in Europe,” Rojo said.
“If I made a mistake, I have already apologised because I didn’t want to hurt the feelings of anyone at the club.”