Marcos Rojo’s seven-year spell at Manchester United officially came to an end earlier this week when he signed for Boca Juniors on a permanent deal.
The versatile defender moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2014, becoming one the first signings of the Louis van Gaal era following his exploits at the World Cup where Argentina reached the semi-finals.
A series of injuries prevented the 30-year-old from cementing a place as a regular starter under a succession of managers, but his worth was reflected by United’s decision to reward him with a three-year contract in March 2018.
Rojo had played a limited role over the course of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure and spent part of last season on loan at Estudiantes, but returned to Old Trafford during the close season.
The former Sporting Lisbon star’s United deal contained the option to trigger a 12 month extension and although that clause was unlikely to have been activated given he failed to make an appearance during the first half of the campaign, Rojo was dismayed, according to ESPN, to find out he had no future at United on social media, before speaking to his manager.
United said in a statement announcing his departure that they had received an ‘undisclosed fee’ for Rojo, who cost £16million when he joined six-and-a-half years ago.
Despite the unsatisfactory nature of his departure, Rojo penned an emotional farewell message on Instagram earlier this week which read: ‘I want to take this opportunity to thank everybody at Manchester United who have helped me in the last 6 years.
‘Since arriving in 2014 I have always felt privileged to be part of this incredible club with so much history. Thank you to all the fans who have always supported me when wearing the Manchester United jersey.
‘Now begins a new chapter for me in my career but I will always have Manchester United in my heart.’
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