30-year-old wants to leave Man United to better his chances of starting for Argentina: report

Sergio Romero

Manchester United shot-stopper Sergio Romero is keen to push through a winter exit from Old Trafford as he looks to better his chances of starting for Argentina at the World Cup finals in Russia. The 30-year-old has been an excellent deputy to David de Gea in recent seasons, but his gametime has been limited this campaign, with just five appearances across all competitions.

According to The Independent, the former Sampdoria man is keen to pursue a fresh challenge this month as his reduced playing time could see hamper his chances of impressing at next summer’s showpiece tournament in Russia. Romero was ever-present during Argentina’s run to the previous World Cup final in Brazil, but he could potentially lose his number one spot this time around amid competition from Geronimo Rulli and Agustin Marchesin.

“Sergio has offers from the Premier League, Argentina and Spain. He knows he needs to play and the appropriate people in Manchester are aware too,” a source close to the player told the Independent.

With United out of the League Cup, Romero’s chances of first-team football could lie on the FA Cup campaign with Mourinho likely to revert to De Gea for the knockout phase of the Champions League. Whilst the Portuguese tactician remains reluctant to let go of Romero, the Argentine’s exit could be a blessing in disguise for third-choice Joel Pereira, who has previously been hailed by Mourinho as one of the best Portuguese shot-stoppers of his generation.

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