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Louis van Gaal: David de Gea uncertainty led to Sergio Romero signing

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed he signed Argentinian keeper Sergio Romero due to the uncertainty surrounding David de Gea’s future at Old Trafford.

Romero completed his move to Man United on Monday by signing a three-year deal.

Meanwhile, De Gea has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid for a number of months.

Van Gaal admitted the club are preparing themselves for De Gea’s potential exit by bringing in Romero.

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When asked why he had signed the 28-year-old, van Gaal said: “I know him very well and I think in our situation, if De Gea is going or not going, it is always a threat and we have to take care, make sure that we are prepared and that is why I think it is very good that Sergio Romero is now a Manchester United player.”

Romero, who is expected to replace Victor Valdes rather than De Gea after he fell out with van Gaal, will be United’s second-choice keeper for the foreseeable future.

If De Gea ends up leaving as well, Ajax’s Jasper Cillesen is said to be a target. The signing of Romero should trigger a keeper carousel at Old Trafford but fans will be hoping it doesn’t involved De Gea.

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