Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has revealed the process Louis van Gaal went through to bring him to Old Trafford earlier this summer.
The Argentina international, speaking to ESPN FC Radio back in his home country, told reporters he spoke with the veteran Dutch coach - his former manager at AZ Alkmaar - over the phone and had no second thoughts about signing for the Red Devils.
Romero has started all six of Manchester United’s competitive matches this season but is expected to be demoted to the substitutes bench after the international break following David de Gea’s failure to secure his dream move to Real Madrid earlier this week.
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“When the rumour came, my agent told me there was a chance and three days later I received a call from Van Gaal,” Romero told ESPN FC Argentina. “He called directly to me and told me he wanted me. We talked on the phone in Spanish. I knew him already and 100% of what he said I knew and I knew I was going to say I accept.
“I wanted to go the next day with the group to the United States (for the pre-season tour).
“I said I was willing to give 100% for him, my peers and the club.”
De Gea expected to start against Liverpool
Romero kept three clean sheets in his first three Premier League appearances, but was criticised for his poor display against Swansea City last weekend. The South American was arguably at fault for both of the Swans’ goals as United slumped to a 2-1 defeat at the Liberty Stadium.
Van Gaal is expected to hand De Gea his first start of the season against fierce rivals Liverpool on September 12 provided the Spaniard is fully focused after this week’s dramatic events.
If angered by United’s failure to sell him to Real Madrid, there’s every chance Van Gaal will continue with Romero over De Gea.
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