Manchester United star Sergio Romero has denied that there is an ongoing feud with Sergio Aguero, rejecting the rumour that the Manchester City striker slept with his wife.
Speaking on national television in Argentina, the goalkeeper was forced to confront longstanding claims that Aguero had relations with Eliana Guercio before she became his wife.
The alleged liaison is said to have happened in 2006. Romero went on to marry Guercio in 2008 and they now have two children together.
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But rumours of a fling with Aguero have persisted and Louis van Gaal's summer signing has now move to eradicate it from popular culture.
Quoted in the Mirror, Romero said: “I have a great wife and a great family. It’s not nice when some people say this kind of stuff."
Best of friends
Of Aguero, he said: “I’m friends with him for over 10 years, imagine that. I couldn’t talk to him, but for sure I’m going to call him.
"Listen, we’re friends."
Eliana, 37, said of the rumour: “It is not true. I have never had anything with Aguero. It seems terrible to me that they could link me with Kun [Aguero].
“This is over 10 years old and for 10 years I’ve had to keep denying that anything happened. I don’t even know Aguero.
"The two of them have played together for the national team for 10 years and I don’t think they’ve even talked about it, they get on really well"
"I have two daughters and I am still being punished for this, I don’t know why, I don’t know what I’ve done. They’re inventing a soap opera."
And she said of Romero: “He is totally divine. Instead of annoying me, he calms me down.
"The two of them have played together for the national team for 10 years and I don’t think they’ve even talked about it, they get on really well."
Romero's arrival at Old Trafford this summer means he and Aguero may have to keep their apparent bromance under the radar. Fans of City and United may not take to kindly to seeing one of their own socialising with one another.
The goalkeeper already faces a tall order in winning over United fans, charged with the task of filling in for David de Gea. Hanging out with City's best player might not help him with that tall order.