Reigning A-League Young Player of the Year Marco Rojas has just completed a free transfer move to VfB Stuttgart. The 21 year-old New Zealander has signed a four year deal and will join the club this summer. The deal has been in the works for a while as his father (who is also his agent) made trips earlier this year to Germany. Transfermarket UK placed Rojas’ market value at 1.000.000 €.
Since moving to Melbourne Victory in 2011 the 5’6″ winger has made 51 appearances, scoring 15 times. This year was certainly his breakout though, notching all of his goals, along with five assists,in 27 matches to help the Victory to third place in the table. Rojas has also made 14 appearances for New Zealand, scoring a goal in a 6-1 victory over Solomon Islands during World Cup Qualification. Rojas made his senior national team debut for the All Whites in March, 2011 against China after featuring for New Zealand’s U-20 and U-23 squads. Rojas scored against Uruguay in the 2011 U-20 World Cup.
Rojas looks to become just the second Kiwi to ever play in the Bundesliga, after Wynton Rufer featured 174 appearances and scored 59 goals for Werder Bremen from 1989-1995. Rojas, of Chilean descent, was born in Hamilton, New Zealand and attended Rufer’s soccer academy as a youngster. He made his A-League debut at the age of 17 with the Wellington Phoenix in 2009, becoming the second youngest player ever to feature in the Australian league.
He becomes the 5th former A-Leaguer currently in the Bundesliga, alongside keeper Mitch Langerak and midfielder Mustafa Amini of Borussia Dortmund, Striker Robbie Kruse of Fortuna Dusseldorf, and Striker Nikita Rukavytsya of Mainz 05.
Stuttgart Sporting Director Fredi Bobic commented
Marco has just been voted player of the year in Australia but that’s not the only reason we noticed him. He is a player who is well used to the attacking wide positions and provides speed. It will be interesting to see how quickly he can get used to the pace in Germany
Fellow Bundesliga club Werder Bremen, as well as Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg, were also said to shown interest in the youngster.
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