Romero: Van Gaal helped me to become the player I am

Romero talks about his great admiration for his former manager Louis van Gaal. Romero believes Van Gaal played a huge part in making him the player he is today.

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Manchester United announced the signing of Argentina goalkeeper, Sergio Romero. The 5th signing of the summer joined United as a free transfer from Sampdoria.

Sergio Romero
Sergio Romero becomes the 5th signing of the summer for Manchester United

The player has had a rough club spell but has maintained his no.1 status as the goalkeeper of the Argentina Football Team.

Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero celebrates after saving the ball for the second time during a penalty shoot-out at their 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Van Gaal  s Ne therlands
Sergio Romero celebrates after saving the ball for the second time during a penalty shoot-out at their 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Van Gaal’s Netherlands

The signing, however leaves questions over the future of David de Gea who was destined to join Real Madrid but the negotiations have reached a standstill.

De Gea
The De Gea transfer saga has gone on for longer than expected

Louis van Gaal admitted that he has brought in his former player Romero, whom he coached at AZ in the Netherlands as a backup for David de Gea. He also admitted that Manchester United are preparing for life without De Gea.

Van Gaal toldĀ MUTV: “I know Romero 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,”

“That is why I think it is very good that Sergio Romero is now a Manchester United player.”

“He was also a former player of mine,” Van Gaal added. “I was coach of AZ in Netherlands, I picked him up when he was 19 and he was a great talent.

“We became champions with him, with a minor club, and in the Netherlands it was a fantastic result of course.”

Romero also has great admiration for his former manager as the player is looking forward to working with him again and believes Van Gaal played a huge part in making him the player he is today.

Sergio Romero
Van Gaal brought Romero to AZ where they won the Eredivisie together.

Van Gaal bought Romero from a relatively unknown club in Argentina, Racing Club and it was down to that move that Romero got attention of the Argentina National Team.

Watch Romero’s and Louis van Gaal’s interview with MUTV below.

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