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Keylor Navas welcomes prospect of Real Madrid goalkeeper competition

Real Madrid have long been linked with a new goalkeeper, but that does not concern their current first choice, Keylor Navas.

football Updated: Feb 04, 2018 16:35 IST
Keylor Navas,Real Madrid,David de Gea
Keylor Navas is not worried by the prospect of Real Madrid bringing in another goalkeeper at the end of the season. (AFP)

Keylor Navas is not worried by the prospect of Real Madrid bringing in another goalkeeper at the end of the season, insisting that he wouldwelcome the competition.

Madrid have regularly been linked with the likes ofDavid de Gea and Gianluigi Donnarumma, while Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga emerged as a leading candidate before signing a new long-term contract at San Mames in January.

Such long-lasting speculation could be enough to worry some players, but Navasclaims he is “calm” about the situation and will be ready to fight for his place should a rival be signed.

“I am calm because one day I will have to go,” said the Costa Rica international. “Nobody will last here forever and only God knows when [I will leave].

“I give my all in every training session and in every match, so I can to live with that. I don’t know if the club have doubts about me, I only know that I still have a contract and I will remain calm.

“If Real Madrid were to sign a goalkeeper in the future and let him compete with me, then I would like that and it wouldn’t intimidate me.”

Navas played the entire match on Saturday as Madrid slumped to another disappointing result, drawing 2-2 at struggling Levante.

Madrid were 2-1 up heading into the 89th minute, before Giampaolo Pazzini equalised for the home side and Navas hopes that, despite recent struggles, supporters remain optimistic for the upcoming Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

“This has not been an easy year and we’ve had to put up with a lot,” added the 31-year-old. “The team has tried to move forward, but it hasn’t come off.

“All we can do to move forward is to work. We know we must concentrate for the entire 90 minutes to win. I think this is a moment to be united.

“I hope the fans that go to [the PSG game] will believe that we can move forward, as that’s what we need right now.”

First Published: Feb 04, 2018 16:35 IST