London: Argentine goalkeeper reportedly thanked Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal in their dressing room after the World Cup semifinal for the help the Dutchman gave him at AZ Alkmaar.
Sergio Romero, who barely played any club football in France, would line up against a German attack on Sunday during Argentina`s World Cup final against Joachim Low`s men.
Romero, whose penalty saves against Netherlands earned him the man of the match award and the Diego Maradona-inspired sobriquet from the Argentinian press, said that he thanked Van Gaal in the dressing room, The Guardian reported.
Romero moved to Van Gaal`s AZ Alkmaar from Racing Club de Avellaneda in Argentina in 2007.
Van Gaal afterwards said that he taught Romero how to stop penalties, so that hurts as his side lost to Argentina.
The Dutchman added that AZ Alkmaar was the club to bring him to Europe, adding that the goalkeeper was a big talent, and someone who has the qualities to do that.
Romero, who saved penalties from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder, said that Van Gaal helped him a lot when he arrived in Holland, which was a completely different country for the goalkeeper with customs and language.
Romero added that the truth is Van Gaal teaches the players a lot.