Sergio Romero has been linked with a shock return to Manchester United, a year after departing the club.
The Argentinian, who played in the 2014 World Cup final, spent six years at Old Trafford before departing the club in 2021 on a free transfer.
Romero joined Venezia in October last year and played 16 times before his campaign was curtailed through injury.
However, with his contract expiring at the start of July, Romero is now free to join whomever he likes.
It seems that club is United, with reports this week claiming he would like to sign for the Red Devils.
What’s been reported?
The Manchester Evening News claim Romero would be ‘interested’ in returning to United and still has ‘a lot of love for the club’.
They add no approach has been made by the Red Devils but he would be willing to play back-up to David De Gea once again.
The MEN claim Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure is a major factor in the 35-year-old being interested in a return.
What has Romero said?
Romero hasn’t spoken publicly on the matter, but it’s entirely believable he would be keen to come back to United, following comments he made in a pre-match press conference nearly three years ago.
Ahead of a Europa League fixture against AZ Alkmaar in 2019, Romero revealed how much he loved playing for United despite mainly operating as back-up to De Gea.
“When you get the chance to play for the greatest club in the world, and the chance to wear this shirt, it’s almost like fulfilling a dream - a dream coming true,” the goalkeeper responded to a question.
“So it’s something you’re not going to turn down. When I got the chance to come to Manchester United, it wasn’t that I accepted that I was only going to play just a few games. “It’s not your intention to be second choice and, when [Louis] van Gaal gave me the opportunity, I grabbed it.
“I want to stay here as long as I possibly can. If I was playing more regularly and featuring in more games, I would be the happiest goalkeeper and person in the world.
“But the fact that I’m still playing the odd game here and there, I’m still very happy with my situation because I’m at a great club which I want to stay at.”
Why did Romero leave United?
Given those quotes, it’s difficult to imagine him leaving the club within a few years, however that’s exactly what happened.
That was partly due to the rise of Dean Henderson, who returned to the club in 2020 following two successful loan spells at Sheffield United, meaning Romero dropped to third choice and didn’t
The experienced shot stopper also had a disagreement with Solskjaer, who often forced Romero to train by himself.
“It was a strange year for me, but I trained all year at Manchester United,” Romero said when he signed for Venezia. “Some days I was training by myself, because the squad was preparing for a game.
“I feel good, I worked in Argentina too and want to prove I’m the same Sergio who was at Sampdoria and then Manchester.”