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Football: Manchester United complete $33m Rojo signing

Published on Aug 21, 2014 3:48 AM
In this file picture taken on July 9, 2014, Argentina's defender Marcos Rojo reacts during the second half of extra time during the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina at the FIFA World Cup in Sao Paulo. Manchester United on Wednesday completed the 20 million euro (S$33 million) signing of Rojo from Sporting Lisbon. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Manchester United completed the €20 million (S$33 million) signing of Argentina World Cup defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday with Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal hailing the 24-year-old as a "gifted" player.

Rojo signed a five-year contract after impressing during the World Cup where he helped Argentina to reach the final.

Winger Nani has gone in the other direction, rejoining Sporting on a season-long loan, seven years after he left the Portuguese club.

"It is such an honour to say that I now play for Manchester United. The Premier League is the most exciting league in the world and to have the chance to play in it for the world's biggest club is a dream for me," said Rojo.

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