Transfermarkt.com is the one-stop shop for everything you want to know about European football. In fact scrap that, world football. The German based website has all the contracts, agents, player registrations, appearance details you could ask for. Pretty much it is flawless and I, being the anorak that I am, love it.
But nothing is perfect; not even in the hands of those efficient Germans, and they obviously make mistakes.
For instance their contract expiry data is the best on the web. It is hard to find anywhere with such an intricate database of all the players in world football who will be unemployed this summer.
However if you click on the English section a few names come up that might surprise you. Chris Brunt at West Brom and Winston Reid at West Ham spring to mind. They even have Chelsea as letting Frank Lampard go at the end of the season I mean…what’s all that about? Oh wait.
However Brunt signed a new three-year-deal with The Baggies in 2011 meaning his contract actually runs until 2014. Winston Reid agreed a new two-year contract as exclusively revealed in the Mail Online in January this year.
So while most of their information is correct some is not.
The same can be said about a young man called Marco Rojas.
His contract is said to run until the 30/06/2013 … in fact his current deal has about 27 days left to run.
Rojas currently plays in Australia’s A-League for Melbourne Victory and with the Australian domestic season finishing in April that is when Rojas’ deal will end.
So, who cares right? Well Liverpool might.
For the New Zealand international (before you ask he is half Chilean) was heavily linked to the Merseyside club along with other European heavyweights such as Juventus and Wolfsburg in January. Other Bundesliga outfits are reportedly interested in the 21-year-old with Werder Bremen and Nurnberg reportedly interested in one of the leagues stand-out talents.
So in a little under four weeks he will be officially unemployed and have nothing better to do with his time then find a new club.
Victory say a decision will be made after the season is finished and that the best for Marco will be their only prerogative.
Even if that means him playing at Anfield next season.
Here he is in action…
Worth a punt? What do you think?
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