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Rojas faces decision as clubs circle

17 April 2013-SBS: Dave Lewis

Marco Rojas Stuttgart Melbourne Victory

In demand ... Marco Rojas (Getty Images)

Marco Rojas will make a decision on his future by the end of the week with five-time Bundesliga champion Stuttgart and two Premier League clubs tabling firm offers for the Kiwi magician.

The out-of-contract Rojas, who on Monday night scooped the A-League Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year accolades, has also not ruled out another season with Melbourne Victory, according to his father and manager, Rodi.

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But a move to Europe looks odds-on for the 21-year-old who lit up the A-League season with 15 goals and nine assists for a Victory side which failed at the last hurdle to reach Sunday's grand final.

One of the English clubs believed to be in the mix is Liverpool, which scouted Rojas in January, and plays Victory in a sold-out pre-season tour match at the MCG on 24 July. He has also been linked with Bundesliga oufits Werder Bremen, Nurnberg and Wolfsburg.

"Marco was always going to wait until the end of the season to make a decision on the next step, and he will most probably make that call by the end of the week," said Rodi Rojas.

"And that doesn't necessarily preclude him staying on at Melbourne Victory where he has been very happy. He has never said he would not consider signing another contract with the club. Whatever he decides Victory will be the first to know.

"There has been interest from Stuttgart who are of course a big Bundesliga club and also two Premier league teams have made approaches.

"It's a matter of weighing up what is the best move for Marco at this stage of his career - it's all about timing and making sure the decision is going to improve him as a footballer. That's the most important consideration."

New Zealand international Rojas - dubbed the Kiwi Messi - trialled at Werder Bremen, Hannover and Borussia Monchengladbach before making his first big A-League splash at Wellington Phoenix prior to his switch to Melbourne Victory.

"He's been very happy at Victory and if they were a European club he'd stay there - but like any player he obviously wants to perform at the highest level so he can reach his full potential," added Rojas senior.

"It's just a matter of when he should make that move. The interest is there - it's about deciding which path to take."

Rojas was still soaking in the achievement of his double awards night whammy, with Rodi adding: "He's just taking a little time to enjoy and reflect on the honour and he's justifiably pretty proud and we're all proud of him.

"To get the votes of your peers is the ultimate in any sport and he is delighted. It's been a memorable season for him and now he has some interesting opportunities to look at."

The offers on the table will take some of the hurt out of the weekend's 1-0 loss to Central Coast Mariners which ended Victory's season.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers was coy when asked if he had lined up a bid for Rojas, who would attract a training compensation fee of $180,000, telling The World Game: "It's not our club policy to talk publicly about any particular players we might or might not be interested in in the transfer market."

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