Manchester United sign average Romero as brilliant De Gea moves to Real Madrid
The saga of David De Gea’s protracted move from a rather desperate Manchester United (£230 spent on new players since Van Gaal arrived a season ago) to Real Madrid has led to the arrival of Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero at Old Trafford.
Only a few days ago, The Daily Express thundered:
You are staying! Louis van Gaal tells David De Gea to forget Real Madrid move this summer
Rubbish, of course. With just one year left on his United deal, Van Gaal knows De Gea is leaving.
As the BBC writes:
Manchester United have signed Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero as a result of the uncertainty over David De Gea.
What do we know of Romero? Well, he won the 2008-09 Eredivisie title under Van Gaal at AZ Alkmaar.
Says Van Gaal:
“We have to prepare our season with the threat that David De Gea is going to Real Madrid. You need always competition. When I see that a player is better than the player in the line-up, he shall play the next match.”
Will he fit in quickly to life at United?
“Of course, he has to learn English because that is also a problem always with a foreigner. He is very good with his feet, so he fits in our profile. I have a lot of confidence that he can fulfil what we are expecting.”
“I am absolutely delighted to join Manchester United. To play for the biggest club in the world is a dream come true for me. Louis van Gaal is a fantastic manager and I cannot wait to get started on this new and exciting challenge in my career.”
Romero joined as free agent from Sampdoria.