Sergio Romero speaks out about his relationship with David de Gea at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Sergio Romero has opened up about his relationship with David de Gea at Manchester United, noting that they help to push each other in training.

The Argentine enjoyed a superb renaissance under Jose Mourinho last season following a shaky debut campaign, producing a number of solid performances between the sticks during Man United’s march to Europa League glory.

De Gea has been once again linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer but Mourinho has recently confirmed that the Spaniard would not be going anywhere this summer.

And Romero, who has previously noted that he wouldn’t want De Gea to leave, once again stressed the importance of their relationship at Old Trafford.

“It’s better for the club that there is this competition there between me and David,” he said.

“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 Joel [Pereira], who is working with us.

“I don’t know what is going to happen,” Romero added. “We will get to know before each match who is going to start as normal, but we will work hard and the minutes that I get, I will try to take advantage of them.

“I am thankful for the confidence that the manager has given me and last year he had a lot of faith in me and the results showed that, we won the Europa League and I didn’t concede many goals, it’s a situation I look at with calmness and this year I hope to have the same confidence levels so I can respond in the same way.

“I am still learning day by day, I like to work hard and the truth is that this pre season has been very good. And what is for sure is that the three goalkeepers we have will be in the best form when the season comes.”

Goalkeepers are, without doubt, the loneliest characters in a team. In front of them lies a unified, collective mass of kinetic energy pulling in the same direction, going through their paces and implementing the manager’s vision, while they merely stand there, mainly bystanders, until suddenly called into action.

And they know, as the last and most important line of defence, that one mistake can undo all the work being done by the men in front of you.

This is why a goalkeeping union – like the triumvirate Romero speaks of – can be so important. They are very much in the same boat and cannot, as a result, hope for somebody else’s downfall.

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