Sergio Romero appears to have denied speculation that he rejected the opportunity to join Manchester United this summer.
As reported by the Daily Star, the Argentina international was rumoured to be one of the Red Devils' many transfer targets during the most recent transfer window with considerable doubts surrounding the future of current number two Anders Lindegaard.
Romero ultimately did not complete a switch to Old Trafford, however, and instead remained in Serie A with Sampdoria.
"Many lies have been spread, like, for example, that I refused a transfer to Manchester United," he told Radio Nacional in an interview that was brought to our attention by the Star.
"To me, something like that is crazy."
27-year-old Romero - who has also been linked with Liverpool of late - has suffered from a chronic lack of first-team football of late.
After moving to Serie A from Eredivisie outfit AZ in 2011, the former Racing Club 'stopper has gradually fallen down the pecking order at Stadio Luigi Ferraris and is yet to feature for Siniša Mihajlović's side during the early stages of this season.
A year-long loan spell at Monaco in 2013 - during which time Romero made just three further appearances - did little to boost his spirits and it is unsurprising that he is beginning to show signs of obvious disappointment.
"I can't do this for much longer," he continued. 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."
Despite going on to claim that he was content to remain at Sampdoria and continue to fight for a starting berth alongside the likes of Junior da Costa and former Arsenal loanee Emiliano Viviano, a lack of regular action must be a huge source of frustration for a player who drew several plaudits for his impressive displays at the 2014 World Cup en route to the final.
Whether Manchester United will seek to revisit their interest in a new goalkeeper once the transfer window reopens in January remains to be seen.
While talented Spaniard David de Gea will surely remain Louis van Gaal's undisputed first-choice option for the near future, speculation hinting that Lindegaard may considering leaving the club began circulating in August and it is unclear if he will be content to stay in the Premier League for much longer.
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