Soccer: Finals come first for Rojas

With the clock ticking on his Melbourne Victory career, star attacker Marco Rojas is delaying any thoughts of a possible overseas move until after the A-League finals. Photo / AAP
With the clock ticking on his Melbourne Victory career, star attacker Marco Rojas is delaying any thoughts of a possible overseas move until after the A-League finals. Photo / AAP

With the clock ticking on his Melbourne Victory career, star attacker Marco Rojas is delaying any thoughts of a possible overseas move until after the A-League finals.

The 21-year-old New Zealander's outstanding season for the Victory has put him in line for a move to a quality European league.

Mid-season interest from the likes of Liverpool, Juventus and several clubs in Germany's Bundesliga has - as yet - amounted to nothing.

With father and agent Rodi working in the background, Rojas is adamant he wants to concentrate firstly and fully on the Victory's finals campaign before making any firm plans about what comes next.

The only certainty is that Rojas - off contract once the Victory finish their finals campaign - will be in the highest demand.

"Nothing's happening at the moment,'' Rojas said on Wednesday when asked about any potential transfer overseas.

"As far as my personal decisions go, we're still going over it Dad and me.

"Once the season's finished, I'll be able to speak about it a lot better.''

Rojas could have played his last game for the Victory should they lose their semi-final to Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium on Sunday - the winners through to the grand final and the losers' season over.

But Rojas believes he's mastered the art of not thinking about his future too much, and just concentrating on playing football.

His performances suggest that too - creating the match-winning goal for Archie Thompson in the Victory's stunning 2-1 extra-time final with over Perth Glory last week.

"It's not that hard (to put a possible move out of his mind). It's gone quiet for a while, so that's been good,'' Rojas said.

"It's not an individual sport, so I've got to put that behind me and focus on the team.

"If I focus on that too much, it'll affect my performance - and I don't want that to happen.

"I want to do well in this next game, and do well for the team.''

-AAP

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