United announce signing of Sergio Romero


Sergio Romero has put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal at Manchester United, with the option of a further year.

The goalkeeper, 28, arrives on a free transfer after his contract at previous club Sampdoria expired last month.

Romero is no stranger to manager Louis van Gaal, where they worked together between 2007 and 2009 at Dutch side AZ Alkmaar, after leaving his homeland of Argentina by signing from Racing Club.

It was in their second season at AZ that the pair won the Eredivisie title, a campaign that saw Romero go over 900 minutes without conceding a goal at one stage.

The summer of 2009 saw Van Gaal depart AZ to take over at Bayern Munich, but Romero remained in Alkmaar for a further two seasons.

His move to Italy in 2011 was a surprise, as Sampdoria had been relegated the previous season to Serie B, the Italian second tier, but their sixth place finish and promotion via the play-offs in 2012 saw an immediate return to Serie A for la Samp.

Romero went on to record 32 league appearances out of a possible 38 during the 2012/13 campaign that saw Sampdoria preserve their Serie A status with a creditable 14th place finish.

This led to a loan spell at AS Monaco, where the club was playing its first season back in France’s top flight since their relegation to Ligue 2 in 2011.

Backed by wealthy owners, the club charged to a 2nd place finish despite starting the season with a two point deduction due to crowd trouble, but Romero only made nine appearances across all competitions, playing second fiddle to Croat Daniel Subasic.

The summer of 2014 saw a successful World Cup in Brazil for Romero, despite seeing his side lose the final 1-0 to Germany in Extra Time.

Romero, who has made 62 appearances for his national side to date, was awarded the man-of-the-match accolade for saving the spot-kicks of Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder in the defeat of Van Gaal’s very own Dutch side after a 0-0 draw sent the semi-final to penalties.

Romero was also shortlisted for FIFA’s Golden Glove award, a prize handed out for the tournament’s best goalkeeper.

This did little to boost his chances of surpassing Emiliano Viviano in the Sampdoria net as he returned to his parent club in Italy to see out the remainder of his contract last season.

His penalty heroics returned again at the recent Copa America over in Chile, saving Juan Zuniga’s penalty in Argentina’s shootout win over Colombia at the quarter-final stage after a 0-0 draw in normal time.

Sadly for the Argentines, a second consecutive final loss was endured, losing to the host nation Chile on penalties this time, again after a 0-0 draw.

With Van Gaal having coached him for two seasons after bringing him over to European football, no introductions will be needed, as Romero becomes a welcome addition to an area where plenty of speculation remains, and we wish him well during his time here in Manchester.

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