When Manchester United signed Sergio Romero on a free transfer, it was not just to sit on the bench as the replacement for Victor Valdes. Louis van Gaal has made it clear that Valdes no longer has a future at United. Romero, though, is set to enjoy a much bigger role at United, as he is set to start the club’s opening game of the 2015-16 Premier League season. Van Gaal has confirmed that number one goalkeeper David De Gea will not play a part in the game, as rumours about an impending move to Real Madrid increase.
This is indeed a difficult time for Manchester United, as they could be left with just Romero as the experienced goalkeeper. Valdes has not been given a squad number for the upcoming campaign and he is moving ever closer towards an exit. Now, De Gea’s omission from a crucial match against Spurs could spell even bigger trouble. The major worry for United is that they will have little time to find a replacement should De Gea leave the club. The long forgotten Anders Lindegaard is likely to be the backup for Romero.
United have been linked for a long time with Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, but they are yet to begin talks with the London outfit.
De Gea has just 12 months left on his current contract. Even though he has a £200,000 per week offer lying on his table for quite a while, he does not appear ready to sign a new deal. The Spaniard has not tried to force an exit while Madrid are also understood to be unwilling to improve on their £14 million offer for the player. It was previously thought that United would even be prepared to let De Gea leave on a free rather than negotiate with Madrid. However, there appears to have been a change in the stance.
Being left out of the squad is an ominous sign that United want to protect him from a potential injury should there be an agreement in the near future. Van Gaal has also stated that the player’s mind may not be in a position to handle the situation. Van Gaal said:
“He shall not play.
“We are living in a crazy football world. The transfer period is still going on and the competition is starting as well. You never know what will happen. You know we have problems with De Gea.
“I’m not participating in the process. I’m fighting against the transfer period. I know what the process is like and what it means for clubs, managers and players. It is not easy for David de Gea to manage his situation now.”
Madrid have already sold the number one goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the anticipation of signing De Gea. Keilor Navas, who had a stunning World Cup 2014 with Costa Rica, is the reigning number one at the Santiago Bernabeu.