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Manchester United keeper David de Gea has said his ex-understudy at the side deserves to be "treated well" at his next club.

Sergio Romero was one of eight players released by the Premier League team on Friday and it came after Romero tried to leave the club last season.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had said he was surplus after Dean Henderson returned from his loan spell at Sheffield United and so Romero tried to secure a transfer.

However, the moves were blocked by United and then the club didn't use him on a matchday this season.

De Gea, who is rumoured to be looking to leave the club himself in the transfer window, posted on social media about Romero's departure.

David de Gea has sent Sergio Romero a message
(Image: Phil Duncan/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock)

De Gea wrote: "Good luck, Chiqui! I wish you success, my friend. You deserve to be treated well in your new challenge. Enjoy."

Romero was at the club for six years after signing back in 2015 and he wasn't the only goalkeeper to get the boot as Joel Pereira was also released.

Alongside the keepers, six academy players were let go; Jacob Carney, Mark Helm, Iestyn Hughes, Arnau Puigmal, Max Taylor and Aliou Traore.

The culling comes as the club look to set up their targets for the transfer window, namely Jadon Sancho and Harry Kane.

United are in need of some fire power upfront after not winning any silverware again this season.

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The last time the side won a title was back in 2017 where they picked up the Europa League and EFL Cup.

It was reported recently that Sancho's deal was "agreed" between the player and the club but that a fee still had to be determined between United and Borussia Dortmund.

While Tottenham's Kane's future isn't as certain as a whole host of clubs are aiming to sign the striker this summer.

United, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain seem to be the frontrunners in the race for the England captain but nothing will be confirmed until after the Euros.

This was confirmed by England manager Gareth Southgate who doesn't expect an update until after the tournament, which begins on June 11.

Southgate said: "I know how important that is for him at this moment in time. What’s going on at his club is a matter for him and Tottenham.

“He’s obviously made some statements in the last few days, so in many respects that’s out of the way now. I’m talking across the board here.

“I think it’s very unlikely that transfer deals will be done while we’re away.

“I think that’s different when we have our camps in September – very often we’re on that deadline moment and every now and then we’ve had to help facilitate a medical or a meeting between a player and a manager.

“I am very realistic about those things. We’re not going to stop phones ringing.

“We can’t control conversations that are going on in private, but I wouldn’t expect… I think most deals are done at the end of tournaments or they are done in the first week at the end of the season.

“I would expect anything with our players to be after the tournament.”