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By ESPN Staff
May 8, 2013

Victory's Rojas signs with VfB Stuttgart

Exciting Melbourne Victory midfielder Marco Rojas has signed a four-year deal with German club VfB Stuttgart.

The Bundesliga side announced on Wednesday it had completed the free-transfer signing of the 21-year-old New Zealand international.

Rojas reportedly attracted interest from several European clubs, including heavyweights Liverpool and Juventus, after a stellar season which saw him crowned A-League player of the year.

He scored 15 goals and provided nine assists in his second season with the Victory, having joined from Wellington Phoenix.

"Marco has just been voted player of the year in Australia but that's not the only reason we noticed him," Stuttgart's head of sports Fredi Bobic told the club's website.

"He is a player who is well used to the attacking wide positions and provides speed.

"It will be interesting to see how quickly he can get used to the pace in Germany."

Rojas said in a statement he was delighted with the move and looked forward to the challenge of stepping up to European football.

Stuttgart sit 12th in this season's Bundesliga and are safe from relegation.

Rojas will join fellow former A-League players including Robbie Kruse, Mitch Langerak and Nikita Rukavytsya in Germany's top flight.

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