Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero has insisted that he is happy with David de Gea staying at Manchester United, although it could mean another season as the Spaniard’s deputy.
Romero joined the Red Devils from Sampdoria on a Bosman back in the summer of 2015 – at a time when De Gea was close to sealing his move to Real Madrid.
The Spain international had finalised all formalities to join the European champions, but the deal could not go through as the necessary paperwork was not submitted prior to the transfer deadline.
As a result, De Gea inked a fresh four-year contract with the Red Devils, while Romero was back warming the substitutes’ bench as his backup.
Romero has barely earned a run in the Premier League since, but he managed to feature in all 12 of the club’s Europa League games as they were crowned champions for the first time in the competition.
In a report quoted by The Mirror, Romero is glad to have the company of De Gea, whose presence has helped him and Joel Pereira improve their game, he said: “It’s better for the club that there is this competition there between me and David. And the truth is that there exists a great friendship between us, we work hard in order help each other out. It’s very important that we work in this way so we can get the most out of each other. If he puts pressure on me, I put pressure on him and it’s the same with young Joel Pereira who is working with us.”
Romero turned out 18 times across all competitions for Manchester United last season, but his appearances could be restricted further next term with Jose Mourinho likely to rotate between him and De Gea in the Champions League.
Despite his limited playing time, the 30-year-old remains the undisputed number one for Argentina after having amassed 88 caps for the South American nation to date.