Manchester United’s newest recruit, Marcos Rojo, says that he is delighted to have joined the biggest club in world football.
The Argentine defender was brought in from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of £16 million this week to strengthen what has been a porous United defence for too long now, and he says that it is a great honour to be able to play for United.
The 24-year-old said, via the aid of a translator, in his first press conference since joining: “Thanks for your welcome. I am very happy to be here at the biggest club in the world. It’s a great honour and I am very pleased to be here.
“For me it [the Premier League] is certainly the most important league in the world and I have always watched it. One important aspect is that there are a lot of young players that come to the Premier League in the hope of improving their game and I hope I can do the same.”
Rojo’s transfer to United took longer than originally expected, and he admitted that he became slightly anxious during the negotiation process about whether or not it would go through.
“It was hard and a long process,” he said, “but the most important thing is that I am here now and I am very happy to be here and ready.”
United face Sunderland on Sunday, and Rojo will be hoping that his teammates get off to a winning start.
The Red Devils are already under pressure after an opening day defeat to Swansea City meant that concerns were raised about this season turning into a repeat of the last one.
Under the guidance of David Moyes, the Manchester outfit slumped to seventh place in the Premier League table last season and are desperate to avoid a similar outcome this time under new manager Louis van Gaal.
As a result, Rojo has been part of an expensive summer at the club - he became the third player to join Old Trafford during this transfer window after Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.