Despite not enjoying first-team status at Manchester United, Sergio Romero has remained a part of Argentina’s World Cup plans until recently. Before suffering a knee injury, he was all set to turn out for La Albiceleste in Russia.
He was one of the better goalkeepers at the 2014 World Cup. Argentina emerged from games against the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland with clean sheets. Romero’s presence between the sticks was pivotal in their shootout victory in the semi-final stages.
Of late, he has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in pursuit of more playing time.
But from his latest interview, it is evident that he enjoys a great relationship with the Red Devils’ manager, and won’t be looking to secure a move away from Manchester.
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Speaking to reporters from TyC Sport, Romero issued the following statement: “I’m staying at Manchester United for now. Mourinho worked hard for my renewal until 2022. I can’t leave him now. If United wants to sell me, if they have an offer that it’s useful for the club, they will sell me.
“But I don’t think that would happen. I spoke with Jorge, I explained the situation and recovery time. I told him that I didn’t have anything broken. I assured him that I would be available in 10 days.
“Sampaoli and the coaching staff’s time frame is different. They wanted someone who could be there every day and I was taken off the list in four hours. My career with the national team hasn’t finished. I’m working towards my return.”
There also lies the possibility of a move to Real Madrid for United’s first-team goalkeeper David de Gea, after Los Merengues announced that current Spanish national team manager Julen Lopetegui will be in the dugout next season onwards.
Should they choose to swoop in for De Gea as they’ve attempted in the past, Romero has the chance to fight for first-team minutes at Old Trafford.
Madrid have historically spent big in World Cup transfer windows, and the better De Gea plays for his national team, the higher the chances of him moving to Los Blancos.