Melbourne Victory’s New Zealand sensation Marco Rojas has no plans to quit the championship-chasing club in the January transfer window – but he is no guarantee to be in the A-League next season.
The diminutive New Zealand international, dubbed the 'Kiwi Messi' by his fans, has been the subject of plenty of rumour and speculation about possible moves to Europe in the next month. But he said on Thursday morning that he remained committed to helping Victory’s title pursuit through the rest of this campaign.
"I am going to be here to the end of the season. I know there are rumours, but I am pretty sure I will be here... I have started the season and I want to be here to the end."
Next year could be a different matter, however, despite his coach Ange Postecoglou’s view that his development would be further enhanced by another year in the A-League.
"That’s something I am going to have to decide on later on. I will have a look when the season ends, I will see how I feel, talk to my dad, who is my agent, and go from there.
"I can see the merit in staying for another year. I want to make a proper impact before I think about going anywhere else."
The 21-year-old says he won’t be driven by financial interests.
"I am not too worried about the money, it will be about developing my football, the money is a bonus. None of my choices will revolve around money. I am just focussing on now and I will take it week by week and when the time’s right I will talk about it with dad."
*Victory has confirmed that Gui Finkler has sustained an ACL injury and will be out of action for eight months.The club will place him on the long term injury list and will seek a replacement for the attacking midfielder. It may look overseas as the Brazilian took up one of their visa places.''
Melbourne Victory will face off against Central Coast Mariners at Launceston's Aurora Stadium on Saturday, January 12.