Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will reportedly block Sergio Romero from pursuing a short-term loan away from Old Trafford in January. The Argentina international has been sparingly used this campaign, making just five appearances across all competitions.
According to The Sun, the former Sampdoria man had planned to secure a temporary stint elsewhere next month after holding talks with Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli over his international future. However, Mourinho is expected to disappoint both the 30-year-old and his agent Mino Raiola by blocking any approach for the shot-stopper’s services in the upcoming transfer window.
A club insider told The Sun: “He loves it here and it is only the Argentina issue that is wanting him to just move on for a little while. The thing is Jose isn’t in the mood to do anyone any favours at present and Sergio knew the score this season.”
Romero has proved the perfect back-up to De Gea over the past couple of seasons, and Mourinho would be wary of losing the Argentine midway through the season, considering third-choice Joel Pereira is still inexperienced at the senior level.
The Argentine enjoyed a fair share of first-team action during United’s Europa League triumph last season, but a similar run is probably not on the cards this term with Mourinho likely to revert to De Gea for the knockout phase of the Champions League. Romero featured in the final two group stage games of this season’s competition.