Swindon Town are under no pressure to sell midfielder Massimo Luongo, according to Robins manager Mark Cooper.
As reported yesterday by Football League World, Luongo – selected for the Australia squad that went to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer – was the subject of a £600,000 bid from newly-promoted Championship club Rotherham United.
Had that offer been accepted, it would have represented a £200,000 profit on the £400,000 paid by the League One side to Tottenham Hotspur in September 2013 for the 21-year-old, who made 53 appearances for Swindon during 2013-14.
However, speaking after his team defeated Petersfield 5-2 in a pre-season friendly, Cooper was adamant he did not have to part with Luongo, and the 45-year-old believes the way the Wiltshire outfit has been run under chairman Lee Power means he can wait for a proposal that reflects his value of the player.
“He’s not going,” the former Peterborough United and Kettering Town manager was quoted as saying by the BBC.
“And I don’t know if we would sell him. I don’t think there’s any pressure.”
Cooper added: “We have been a selling club but I think the way Lee is doing it is that if we are sustainable we don’t have to sell players.
“With all due respect to Rotherham, I don’t think Mass would go there. It was a fantastic offer but I think he’s worth more than that.”