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Marcos Rojo: Obviously I’d like to play in Barcelona

by Jen Evelyn | Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Argentine defender Marcos Rojo, who is currently on World Cup duty with the national team, has admitted that playing for Barcelona with Argentina team mate Leo Messi would be a dream come true, but also stressed that the focus at the moment is only on the World Cup.

Marcos Rojo & Lionel Messi Argentina

Barcelona have been rumoured to be interested in the 24-year-old Rojo, who played a good season in one of Portugal’s biggest clubs, Sporting Lisbon.

“I’m calm and I only have my head in the World Cup”, Rojo said. “I’m sure that I did things right last year, and we will see what my future will be.

“Obviously I’d like to play in Barcelona, but we haven’t talked about it with Leo [Messi].”

Rojo also commented on his side Argentina’s first match, which national team coach Alejandro Sabella started with five defenders.

“You have to adjust to what the coach asks. But personally I feel more comfortable with four at the back, playing as a left-back.”

Rojo was also full of praise to Messi, who scored his side’s winning goal in the first match against Bosnia-Herzegovina, whilst admitting that the changes made at half-time gave Argentina the edge over their rivals.

“Leo thinks like we all do. He’s the captain and the reference. We value his expressions as a group and respect his words and analysis on the match.

“The changes in the second half, the entrances of Higuain and Gago, were evident, because they gave us more of the ball, and more association play with the attack.”

Argentina continue their tournament on Saturday, against Iran, and Rojo already turned focus on the upcoming fixture.

“Now we have various days to prepare for the match against Iran, who we respect. Nigeria will also be a tough rival because of their physical capacity and it will be complicated for us. There are things to improve.”

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