30-year-old ‘unhappy’ with bench role, keen on January exit

Sergio Romero

Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero is reportedly eyeing a winter exit from Old Trafford owing to his reduced playing time during the first half of the season. The Argentine has been restricted to just four appearances across all competitions this term with Jose Mourinho sticking with David de Gea for the initial phase of the Champions League.

Romero played an influential role during Mourinho’s first season in-charge as he was assured of a starting spot in the club’s Europa League campaign until the final, where secured a 2-0 triumph over Ajax. However, he has not received a similar role this term with the manager taking more caution by featuring De Gea in the group stage of the Champions League.

According to The Mail, the former Sampdoria man is weighing up his future at Old Trafford with his World Cup spot with Argentina potentially at risk with the reduced gametime. The 30-year-old has emerged as an excellent deputy to De Gea over the past few years, but he appears concerned by his position this term, where he may have to stick to gametime in the domestic Cup competitions.

Romero played in the last two games of the Champions League group phase, but De Gea is surely expected to return to the starting lineup when United take on Sevilla in the first knockout round of the elite competition. With Joel Pereira emerging from the ranks, Romero could potentially be allowed a January exit, although Mourinho will want the Argentine to pursue a move overseas.




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