Manchester United ace Sergio Romero has insisted that he understood Louis van Gaal's decision to replace him with Spain international David de Gea as the club's No.1 goalkeeper.
Romero, who joined the Red Devils on a free transfer this past summer, was an ever present in the side during the opening few weeks of the season, but was replaced by De Gea after the close of the summer transfer window.
De Gea had been long linked with a move to La Liga outfit Real Madrid, but the deal fell through and the shot-stopper went on to sign a new long-term contract in Manchester.
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Since De Gea started against Liverpool last month, Romero has had to settle for a place on the bench, but he appears to be content with his current role at the Old Trafford outfit.
As reported by The Sun, the 'keeper stated: “I took the matches when I was given the chance to play, but when De Gea renewed it was obvious he was going back to the team.
“De Gea won the place over the years he was there. The coach talked to me and I understood perfectly.”
De Gea No.1
It's unfortunate for Romero, but he's not going to replace De Gea between the sticks in the near future. At the end of the day, the former Atletico Madrid man is one of the leading goalkeepers in world football, so it's unlikely that Van Gaal will take him out of the firing line.
De Gea, despite conceding three goals at the Emirates on Sunday, could yet inspire the Red Devils to title success this season. He really is that important to the cause in the club's pursuit of success.
Romero, on the other hand, will have to stay focused as there's always the risk that De Gea could pick up an injury. In Romero, United fans will certainly be pleased that they have a more than competent backup to their main man.
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