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Manchester United back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero wants to quit in January to keep Argentina World Cup spot

Stopper fears playing second fiddle to David De Gea at Old Trafford could costs him the starting role for his country at Russia 2018

Sergio Romero may quit Manchester United in January amid fears for his World Cup place.

Romero has been left kicking his heels at Old Trafford as understudy to David De Gea and knows his starting opportunities will be limited.

Sergio Romero fears his World Cup chances could be hit if he stays at Manchester United

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Sergio Romero fears his World Cup chances could be hit if he stays at Manchester United

And the 30-year-old is said to be worried that his status as the number one keeper in Argentina is under threat ahead of Russia 2018.

The Mail say he is considering the prospect of leaving United when the transfer window opens next month in pursuit of regular match action.

His problem is that he is being restricted to starts under Jose Mourinho to cup matches only – and that has seen him make just four appearances this season.

Although his position as Argentina number one has not been taken away yet, Romero is said to be worried he will lack the sharpness needed by the time the World Cup starts in June.


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Romero has only made four appearances this season for United

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Romero has only made four appearances this season for United

And with goalkeeping chances slim at the other big clubs around Europe, the former Sampdoria star accepts he may have to move to a smaller club.

But that may not deter him from decided the time is right to leave Old Trafford, especially as De Gea now looks set to stay long-term.

For the past two years the Spanish number one has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, and Romero was in pole position to make the goalkeeper spot at United his own.

But Real have now cooled their interest in De Gea, frightened off the by the huge price tag United would want for him which would now be in excess of £60million.


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Romero has been forced to play second fiddle to David De Gea at Old Trafford

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Romero has been forced to play second fiddle to David De Gea at Old Trafford

Instead they are trying to lure Athletic Bilbao prospect Kepa Arrizabalaga to the Bernabeu.

United would not be keen on allowing him to leave mid-season, believing he is the ideal man to step in if De Gea suffers an injury.

But they also value the service he has given the club since moving to England in 2015 – making only 32 appearance during that time.

They rate academy product Sam Johnstone highly, but the 24-year-old is currently out on a season-long loan at Aston Villa.