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No pressure to sell Swindon star



Mark Cooper is reluctant to let Massimo Luongo leave Swindon

Mark Cooper is reluctant to let Massimo Luongo leave Swindon

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.”

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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