As was the case two years ago, the club future of All Whites forward Marco Rojas looks to be in the hands of his father.
Rojas has enjoyed a stunning year for Melbourne Victory in the current A-League season, scoring 14 goals and drawing the attention of a host of top European clubs eager to snare his signature with his current contract up in two months.
England's Liverpool and Italian giant Juventus were the first two big clubs linked to Rojas while a fleet of top German clubs (including Werder Bremen, Nuremberg and Wolfsburg) have also been eyeing the 21-year-old.
It was even suggested that a four-year contract was offered to Rojas by another unknown German team though any questions about his future are deflected.
His concentration at the moment is on continuing to play well for the Victory, and All Whites, while weighing up his options with his agent, father Rodi.
"It's always flattering if people are talking about you because it means you are doing all right," Rojas said.
"It is very flattering but as far as I'm concerned, they are just rumours. I'm considering all options at the moment and when the team's season finishes, I'll look into it. Only then I'll decide what to do."
The reliance on Rojas' father for his playing future drew criticism from fans and media when he decided to swap the Wellington Phoenix for the Victory two years ago; Rojas had to defend the role that his father played.
"I think he'll always be my go-to guy," he told the Dominion Post, in 2011. "Him being my dad, makes it even better because I trust him completely."
That level of trust, and reliance, seems no different in 2013. As a player who started out with the Hamilton Wanderers second team, Rojas has come a long way since. He said he is now enjoying growing up as a footballer in Melbourne and adjusting to "big city life" in the Victorian capital. "It's showed me big city life, which I'd never really experienced before," he said.
"It's taught me a little bit, that's for sure.
"All the time, I find myself pinching myself about the journey. Hopefully I can get better, too. It was good to grow up in Hamilton, but it's been exciting progressing through the ranks."
With tongue firmly planted in his cheek, Rojas didn't rule out shunning the offers of the European heavyweight clubs and heading back to his youth club.
"You'll have to speak to (Hamilton Wanderers coach Mark) Cossey about that," he said, laughing.
"I think he's still the coach there so we'd have to see if he'd want me."
- Sunday News
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