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City's Mooy not for sale

  • City's Mooy not for sale

Melbourne City are saying it once more, and they're not repeating it. Aaron Mooy is not for sale.

Coach John van `t Schip has issued the imprimatur in response to renewed interest in the Socceroos midfielder.

A $2 million bid from Saudi club Al-Nassr has been rejected by City this month according to Fairfax Media, and van `t Schip hopes it's enough to scare other suitors away.

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"We've made it very clear. If there would be any kind of offer, we're not accepting it," he said.

"I think it shows that the club is really serious about growing and becoming a club that wants to play for the top positions.

"Aaron Mooy is an important player in that and that's why he's staying."

Mooy is likely to be a runaway leader of the Johnny Warren Medal for best A-League player, such is his red-hot form for City.

His on-field numbers tell the story.

Four goals and six assists in nine games is the best goal involvement in the A-League.

Opta stats list Mooy as creating 39 chances this season; almost double his closest rivals with 21.

Mooy plays centrally yet leads City in crosses. He passes more than anyone at City, hitting the target at over 80 per cent efficiency.

For the less statistically minded, it's simpler.

He is the creative force behind the league's best attack.

It's understandable that clubs from Europe and Asia's biggest sides would should interest, and just as understandable that van `t Schip would want him to stay.

The paradox for Mooy is that a larger bid is less likely to convince his cashed-up club to sell.

At $2 million, Mooy's sale would be the biggest fee ever received by an A-League club.

It also means his contract with City, where he is an Australian marquee, is one of the league's most lucrative.

But the 25-year-old is conscious of the need to grow further as a player, which may not be achievable in the long-term in the A-League.

Van `t Schip understands he's walking a tightrope keeping Mooy happy and stimulated.

"We're talking everything through with Aaron. We keep contact close with him to know how he's feeling," he said.

"He's going through a few emotional weeks with the birth of his daughter as well and he's getting a lot of attention because of his good play.

"Aaron is a great professional, he's shown that already now in a year and a half with us.

"The only thing I know is that Aaron is not for sale."

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