Argentine international goalkeeper Sergio Romero has denied reports that he rejected a move to Manchester United this summer.
There were rumours about United making a deadline day bid for the Sampdoria goalkeeper, but the 27-year-old has rebuffed all claims since.
Speaking to Radio Nacional, he said: "Many lies have been spread, like, for example, that I refused a transfer to Manchester United. To me, something like that is crazy."
Van Gaal and Romero
United manager Louis van Gaal is no stranger to Romero, as he was the one who brought the Argentina international to Europe, while he was the manager of Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar. Romero was signed from Racing Club de Avellaneda, who play in the Argentine first division, for €1.5 million.
Van Gaal does not see Danish keeper Anders Lindegaard as the ideal back up for current United No.1 David de Gea. This could prove to be complicated for the Dutchman as Romero spent last season on loan at French side AS Monaco after falling behind Emiliano Viviano in the pecking order at Sampdoria.
It's quite evident that the Argentine wishes to see himself as the No.1 goalkeeper in any club he plays for.
He added: "I can’t do this for much longer. The same thing happened to me in France – arriving a club when the transfer window is nearly closed and having to wait for an opportunity.
"I am happy at Sampdoria, though, and I will keep showing the coach that I am ready to play and that I don’t want to keep sitting on the bench."
Van Gaal faced Romero earlier this year at the FIFA World Cup as the Netherlands crashed out of the tournament in the semi-finals after a penalty shootout defeat against Argentina. Romero had an excellent game, saving two penalties off Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder.
63-year-old Van Gaal is a massive fan of Romero and jokingly added after the match that he 'taught' Romero how to save penalties: “I taught Romero how to stop penalties [at Alkmaar], so that hurts
"We were the club to bring him to Europe. He was a big talent, and someone who has the qualities to do that.”