New Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has come to Manchester with a reputation for being a bit 'crazy'.
The Argentine goalkeeper signed on a free transfer after being released by Italian side Sampdoria. He links up again with Louis van Gaal, who gave the keeper his break in Europe at Dutch side AZ Alkmaar.
Romero was seen as somewhat of a hot-head during his time in Holland, but speaking to the Sun, he revealed that some wise words from Argentinian legend Diego Maradona helped him become more intelligent.
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The 29-year-old said: “I'm not an obsessive person, but I’m indeed crazy. I remember a time playing at Alkmaar. One day, we lost a match and I got mad. I was so angry with a defender in my team, I was truly furious with him.
“But when I was about to punch him, I decided not to do it. Instead of that, I punched a wall three times. A bone in my hand was broken immediately.
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"I remember Maradona telling me after that, ‘Please, don't be stupid, take care of your hands as they are your tools. He was right. So now it can be said that I’m still a little bit crazy — but I'm also more intelligent.”
The game in question was a 2-1 loss to NAC Breda, where Van Gaal was still in charge of the side, but it appears Romero has taken heed of the wise words from his compatriot, so any possibility of the Argentine punching walls at Old Trafford seem a long way off.
Number one battle
However, he will be fighting. The 29-year-old is expected to battle it out with David de Gea for the number one spot at United this season.
De Gea, who was voted player of the season, has been told in no uncertain terms by Van Gaal that he will have to work hard to fight off competition from the Argentinian new boy.
The Spaniard's future still appears to be in doubt with Real Madrid extremely interested in taking him to the Bernabeu.
However, with Sergio Ramos looking likely to sign a new contract in Madrid the Spanish giants will have to fork out a big fee if they want to prize De Gea away from Old Trafford this summer.
Real have the option to sign the former Atletico man on a free transfer next summer, something they have considered, but United are hoping they can convince De Gea to stay if he remains at Old Trafford for the new season.
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