Red’s Euro hero play­ing for keeps with new deal

Glossop Advertiser - - United Special - Ciaran Kelly

SER­GIO Romero is tar­get­ing fur­ther suc­cess with United af­ter sign­ing a new four-year deal at Old Traf­ford.

The Ar­gen­tine joined United on a free trans­fer from Sam­p­do­ria in July, 2015, af­ter pre­vi­ously work­ing with Louis van Gaal at AZ Alk­maar.

Al­though he quickly made his de­but, against Tot­ten­ham on the open­ing day of the sea­son, Romero rarely got the nod af­ter David de Gea’s move to Real Madrid fell through.

But the 30-year-old has fea­tured more reg­u­larly un­der Jose Mour­inho and started 18 games un­der the Por­tuguese last sea­son – nearly dou­ble the amount he man­aged un­der van Gaal.

Romero has been one of a hand­ful of play­ers to have im­proved un­der Mour­inho and he only sat out three games in United’s 15-game march to Europa League glory last sea­son.

The stop­per was even se­lected ahead of de Gea for the fi­nal in Stock­holm and kept a clean sheet as United beat Ajax 2-0 at the Friends Arena – some­thing he re­mains very proud of.

“I am de­lighted to have signed a new con­tract,” he told his four-year deal, which in­cludes the op­tion of a fur­ther year.

“Who wouldn’t want to be at the big­gest club in the world? We have great goal­keep­ers here and we are al­ways learn­ing from each other.

“Of course, it was a very proud mo­ment for me and my fam­ily to be part of the Europa League fi­nal, and I am look­ing for­ward to help­ing the team build on last sea­son’s suc­cess in 2017/18.”

De­spite such in­tense com­pe­ti­tion for the No.1 spot, Romero and de Gea have re­mained close friends and, tellingly, the Spa­niard was the first to spring off the bench to cel­e­brate Paul Pogba’s opener that night.

With a year left on his orig­i­nal deal, Romero is the lat­est veteran to sign a con­tract ex­ten­sion at Old Traf­ford fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of An­to­nio Va­len­cia and Michael Carrick.

“Ser­gio is a great goal­keeper and pro­fes­sional,” Mour­inho added.

“He had a good sea­son and out­stand­ing per­for­mances, es­pe­cially in our Europa League suc­cess.

“Ser­gio de­serves his con­tract, and for Manch­ester United to have Ser­gio and David is amaz­ing in such an im­por­tant role.” ●●

Ser­gio Romero lifts The Europa League

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