Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has told the Manchester Evening News that moving to Everton was a possibility during the summer transfer window.
The Argentine centre-back was a target for the Toffees, although Rojo has hinted that he wasn’t prepared to join a smaller club than United.
The 29-year-old has claimed that he could look to leave Old Trafford in January. After a conversation with the national team coach he believes he needs to be playing football.
Speaking on his failed switch to Goodison Park, he told Manchester Evening News: “I had the possibility of Everton, but by decisions of the club or the manager it wasn’t possible.
“It’s difficult to leave when you are in such a big club. Now I have to fight until December and if it doesn’t work out, I will try to leave.”
Rojo was on the bench as Argentina drew 0-0 with Chile in the early hours of Friday morning.
He says that a discussion with Lionel Scaloni has confirmed that he needs to be playing regular football at club level.
He continued: “I talked to Scaloni, he told me that he was happy because in the pre-season I had played many games, that I looked good and that’s why he called me, but that I had to play.
“I’m sure to play in the national team you have to play in your club, you have to always be there, and when you’re here, show why.”
Rojo would have been an okay signing for Everton but it’s not really the end of the world for Marco Silva.
The Toffees are a club that should be on the rise and after spending big in the summer they could be in for a decent season.
Having not played regular football for such a long time he would have been a risky signing for Everton to comprehend.
Yerry Mina and Michael Keane have looked in good nick this season at centre-back and Rojo would have probably faced a fight for a shirt at Everton anyway.
His comments suggest that he doesn’t want to play for a club the size of Everton and they shouldn’t really be contemplating signing players with that attitude anyway.
Signing Rojo might have been seen as a panic-buy and the Toffees can do a lot better.