Louis van Gaal warns: De Gea could be benched next season

Ritabrata Banerjee / 28 July 2015

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has warned his star goalkeeper David De Gea that he might face stiff competition from newly recruited Argentine international Sergio Romero in the coming season.

Sergio Romero signed for Manchester United on Monday, 27th july for a free-transfer after plying his trade with Italian Serie A side Sampdoria. Romero’s arrival has surely cautioned David De Geaas Louis van Gaal had insisted that the former might not be the number 1 at the club.

Speaking about his squad, Van Gaal said: “In our circumstances, with the threat that De Gea is going to Real Madrid, we have to prepare our season and I think Sergio Romero can fulfil that.

“You have to handle the situation very quickly if it [a move to Real Madrid] may happen with De Gea.

“I have of course spoken with Sergio and also with David and, with me, always the best shall be in the line-up. So you have to fight and I think in a top club as Manchester United, you need always competition.”

David de Gea was linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer but the deal fell through after the club refused to sell the player. It was believed tha United cherish De Gea as one of their priced possessions. But now ith Louis van Gaal’s comments it is believed that De Gea will have to work even harder to get into the starting lineup.

Sergio Romero had praised his new manager after signing for the club. He said:“Louis van Gaal is the kind of boss who puts you at ease and, from the first moment that I was given the goalkeeper shirt by him in 2007, he told me that I would play an important part in his squad.

“It was a vital period for me because, from the moment I signed for him, my career started to really take off. He is someone who has been very important in my life.

“He helped me a lot when I arrived in Holland. He is very honest and open as a person, he helps and reassures you and he cares about every player and every member of staff.”


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