Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reassured Marcos Rojo that he remains an “important” part of his plans next season.
Since suffering a cruciate ligament injury in a Europa League clash with Anderlecht in April 2017, Rojo has made just 18 appearances for United across the past two seasons.
The Argentina international has struggled to shake off a set of persistent injury problems ever since the Anderlecht match.
Therefore, Rojo’s future at Old Trafford had been in doubt as United prepare for a massive summer overhaul.
The Red Devils finished 32 points behind Premier League champions Manchester City in a distant sixth. Furthermore, they went crashing out of the FA Cup and Champions League quarter-finals.
Now the pressure will be on Solskjaer to bring in the right players to help restore United’s glory days.
Despite only playing six times all season, however, the under-fire Norwegian has given Rojo a welcome bit of news on his future.
“For now I would like to stay at United,” he told El Dia.
“I spoke to the manager before the end of the season and we spoke about his plans for me.
“He said that I was in his plans, that I’m an important player and that he wanted me to return to full fitness to be able to count on me in the first team.
“It’s now time to rest and spend time with my family before returning to England.”
Rojo, who is worth €15m in the transfer market, is contracted at United until June 2021.
Boca Juniors director Nico Burdisso had approached his old Argentina team-mate Rojo over a possible move back to his homeland. But the 28-year-old has no plans on leaving Europe.
Despite missing out on a spot in Argentina’s Copa America team, Rojo also revealed plans to get back into the international fold.
“Definitely. I’m young and I’ve got a lot to give,” said the 28-year-old defender.
“I know that if I give my all and play regularly in England I can come back and fight for a place. I’m calm. I’m looking forward to having a rest and returning in the best shape possible.
“I spoke to him [Argentine manager Lionel Scaloni] five months ago. He said he would have me in mind as and when I was playing regularly at my club.
“I wasn’t able to achieve that and that’s the reason behind his decision. I respect him because he’s a great guy as well as a good coach. I hope they do well in the Copa America.”