Keylor Navas wants to be Madrid’s first choice

Keylor Navas isn’t admitting defeat and will keep fighting until he replaces Iker Casillas as Real Madrid’s no.1 goalkeeper.

The man from Costa Rica joined the current Champions League winners after starring in the World Cup last year for Costa Rica.

Since he made the switch to the Bernabeu, he has only managed two La Liga appearances, despite the up-and-down form of Spanish shot-stopper, Iker Casillas.

Navas, 28, admits he is struggling to adjust to being a regular bench-warmer, and not replacing the club captain in-between the posts. On a more positive note, he has stated he wants to stay and fight for his place in the Madrid side.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper AS, Navas had this to say: “I want to be here, where I’m going to fighting to be [no.1] for many years.”

“Though it is true that my situation has been tough, I don’t regret anything. I’m going to keep working like I always have.

“I like a challenge. I’m under contract. I have another five years after this one and I’m going to be as professional as possible.

“When I get the chance to play and I’ll take maximum advantage.”

Last week, when Schalke beat Madrid on the night, but the Spanish side went through on aggregate, boos rang out and were aimed at Casillas.

The 33-year-old had a poor World Cup and was highly criticised when the Spaniard’s were thrashed by the Netherlands, 5-1. 

With the El Clasico coming up, Real boss Carlo Ancelotti has put his faith in Casillas and confirmed he will start vs. Barcelona.


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