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Rojas departs Melbourne Victory to chase European dream

Just days after winning the A-League's Johnny Warren Medal, Marco Rojas has announced he intends to leave Melbourne Victory to join a club in Europe

GOAL.com Indonesia   By GOAL AUSTRALIA


Melbourne Victory winger Marco Rojas has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of April to launch his career in Europe.

The 21-year-old New Zealand international - approaching the final days of his two-year deal at Victory - has not yet announced his destination in Europe but is believed to be in negotiations with a club in the Bundesliga.

Rojas enjoyed a standout season in 2012-13 with his 15 goals and eight assists, earning him the Johnny Warren Medal and the Young Footballer of the Year at Monday's A-League awards.

"I have absolutely loved my time at Melbourne Victory, from the always loyal fans, to the support of my teammates as well as the coaches and the staff - they have all definitely helped make me who I am today and I can't thank everybody enough," Rojas said.

"It's every footballer's dream to play in Europe and I'm over the moon to be able to say I'm about to live that dream very soon.

"I definitely will be keeping a close eye on Victory while I'm overseas and won't be surprised to see the club achieve even more success in the future."

Victory coach Ange Postecoglou was happy for Rojas and wished him all the best in the future.

"While we would have loved to have seen him stay here at Melbourne Victory for a little longer, we knew we couldn't stand in the way of his European ambitions. He's rightly attracted plenty of attention around the globe for his efforts this year," Postecoglou said.

"He's obviously a very talented young man and has been rewarded for his stellar efforts this season by winning the prestigious Johnny Warren Medal and the Young Footballer of the Year, the first A-League player to win both those awards in the one season."

Rojas began his career at Wellington Phoenix before joining Victory and departs with 17 goals in 72 A-League matches.

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