Sergio Romero: I don’t want David de Gea to leave Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Sergio Romero has insisted that he doesn’t want David de Gea to leave Manchester United amid rumours of a renewed bid from Real Madrid.

Reports have suggested that Madrid, having lost out on Gianluigi Donnarumma, were planning to test Man United’s resolve with another bid for the Spaniard.

Romero, on the other hand, has been rewarded for last season’s efforts in the Europa League with a new four year contract.

But the Argentine has made it clear that he doesn’t want the man standing in his way of a regular spot in the starting XI to go anywhere this summer.

“I don’t want De Gea to leave,” he insisted. “We are friends. And if he stays here, it will help me to be better.”

Vicente del Bosque called it a “champagne problem”. Having two keepers, both first choice for their respective international sides, capable of occupying a number one spot is indeed a healthy conundrum and, from the perspective of supporters, something of a luxury.

Romero turned a massive corner last season. Under Louis van Gaal he was a quivering, unreliable figure between the sticks, but supporters will no longer feel the need to hold their breath if he is called upon next season.

One question lingers over Romero ahead of the upcoming campaign: will he, like last year, take up the gloves for European encounters?

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