by ‘Ifreke Inyang
Marcos Rojo has apologised to Sporting Lisbon for trying to engineer a move to Manchester United.
Louis van Gaal is desperate to land the Argentina international and has sent in a €20 million [£16m] bid for the defender, which was promptly rejected.
Rojo is reported to have missed training on Wednesday, as he tried to twist the club’s hand, but the 24-year-old has now mended fences with the club.
“It was all a misunderstanding, I was a hothead. I’m sorry for what happened because I feel that I was unprofessional,” he told the club’s official TV station. “Now I will try to correct the situation.
“Yes, obviously [I trust the club]. The club trusted me when my career wasn’t at its best. They gave me an opportunity to play for a top team in Europe. So I thank Sporting and the people who work here.
“I am very fond of this club. They are the ones that will decide my career, and I hope it will be for the best both for me and the club.
“But I want to stress that I’m very happy at the club, and I like the way I’m treated and the care they give me.”
Rojo also denied that he and Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho almost came to blows during a meeting last week.
“[The claims of violence] are not true. When I saw the papers I was angry, for the way they lied and talked about us,” he added.
“I talked to the president this last Friday, we understood each other and I got back on training. Now I’ll play for the first team again, with my team-mates, which pleases me the most.”
Ifreke Inyang is a public commentator and social media critic who has worked with a number of high profile publications across the country.