‘There’s a kid at Monaco. For sure, you’ll all be talking about him’: Sergio Romero reveals how he told his Manchester United team-mates about ‘special’ Anthony Martial… and the club then signed him a month later
- Sergio Romero has revealed he alerted Manchester United to Anthony Martial
- Romero told team-mates about Martial after playing with him on loan at Monaco
- Martial joined United from Monaco a month later for an initial £36million fee
- The Frenchman has been in superb form so far this season, scoring five times
Sergio Romero has revealed he alerted Manchester United to Anthony Martial’s potential a month before the club eventually signed the Frenchman.
Martial has been in blistering form of late, scoring and winning a penalty in the recent 2-1 victory over Everton at Old Trafford.
Tipped for the top from an early age, the winger joined Manchester United for an initial £36million in 2015.
Sergio Romero has revealed he alerted Manchester United to Anthony Martial (pictured)
Romero (front-right) told team-mates about Martial after playing with him on loan at Monaco
The Frenchman has been in superb form so far this season, scoring five times in seven starts
And speaking in an interview with the club’s official website, goalkeeper Romero has admitted he spoke to team-mates about the youngster after witnessing him first-hand on loan at Monaco.
‘Back in the 2013/14 season, I went to AS Monaco on loan for a year from Sampdoria in Italy,’ he said.
‘Anthony was still very young, just a kid – I think he was 17 years old at that time – but you could already see that he was a special player with lots of class and lots of talent.
‘The kid was a natural. You’d just be amazed at the things he would do in the training sessions.’
‘Back in 2015, not long after I joined United, I was chatting with Ander Herrera, David De Gea and Juan Mata. I let them in on a secret.
Martial (pictured) joined United from Monaco a month later for an initial £36million fee
‘There’s a kid at Monaco. Anthony Martial. For sure, in a short while, you’ll all be talking about him.
‘About a month after I had told Ander, Juan and David about him, Anthony joined us at United. I think he made an impression that first day when he made his debut against Liverpool.
‘Right after the game, Ander and Juan told me: ‘You were right!’ I said to them that I don’t feel the need to be proved right. When a young player is good, he’s good, end of! That’s a reality of life. And this lad is very good.’
Martial (back, second-left) and Romero (back, first-right) watch on from the substitutes’ bench during a game at Old Trafford
Now team-mates at Old Trafford, Romero and Martial have seen their fortunes diverge so far this season.
The Argentine stopper was sent-off in the Carabao Cup defeat to Derby last month and is firmly behind David De Gea in the goalkeeping pecking order.
Martial, by contrast, is finally starting to force his way into manager Jose Mourinho’s plans.
He has struck five goals in just seven starts in all competitions, displaying the promise that saw Romero recommend him to United team-mates in the first place.
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