Champions League hero Keylor Navas ‘hands in Real Madrid transfer request’

By | 22nd August 2019

REAL MADRID goalkeeper Keylor Navas has told the La Liga giants he wants to leave, according to reports in Spain.

Acting as back-up to former Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois for another season is not what the Costa Rican desires at this stage of his career.

Zidane’s return last season failed to revive Navas’ Real career
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In five years at the Bernabeu Navas has succeeded club legend Iker Casillas and won three Champions League crowns, playing in each final.

However the arrival of Courtois last season pushed the 32-year-old down the pecking order.

Aside from a spell in the spring when the Belgian was injured, Navas hardly featured – totalling just 14 appearances in league and Europe.

And Zinedine Zidane’s preference has been made clear on a number of occasions, Courtois starting last weekend’s win over Celta Vigo while Navas was dropped after consecutive clean sheets last season when his teammate shook off a hamstring problem.

PARIS CALLING

According to Madrid outlet MARCA, the goalkeeper wants to remain at one of Europe’s elite clubs while getting more first-team football.

Namely, Paris Saint-Germain are considered the most likely destination by the player’s camp.

That is despite the Ligue 1 champions’ prioritisation of bringing in AC Milan star Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Should Navas get his wish, Madrid are said to be plotting a move for an experienced goalkeeper to back Courtois up for the 2019/20 season.


Young Ukrainian Andriy Lunin is on loan at Real Valladolid and is earmarked for the understudy spot when the returns in 12 months’ time.

And Real’s preference is still to keep Navas, prompting a reasonable price tag being placed on his head.

Zidane was actually a big admirer of the former Levante man in his first stint at the club, leading to the coach blocking Kepa Arrizabalaga’s arrival when the Spaniard was at Athletic Club, but Courtois’ performances have evidently changed his mind.

This post written by Marc Mayo originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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