Time has rewound this week as Keylor Navas has again become unhappy with his role as second-choice goalkeeper at Real Madrid and has asked the club to accommodate his departure.
Zinedine Zidane has been clear in explaining that Thibaut Courtois is the No.1 this season, which the Costa Rican has now accepted.
The club already know that he wants to leave and they’re already looking into a possible replacement in case he does depart before the window closes, with them prioritising an experienced ‘keeper.
Andriy Lunin is guaranteed a place in the squad for 2020/21, meaning Los Blancos are looking for a temporary stand-in.
The Under-20 World Champion was loaned to Real Valladolid and his future was completely independent to what happened with Keylor, with all parties wanting him to play on a regular basis this term.
Shortly after the 2018/19 season ended, Keylor looked close to joining Paris Saint-Germain but that move fell through. A number of destinations remain on the table, though, and PSG are still interested in the idea of him coming in to compete for the No.1 shirt.
Zidane made it clear last season that the rotations in goal wouldn’t continue and he was given a farewell appearance at the end of last season, but Madrid haven’t yet decided what to do, though they know they won’t be giving him away for nothing.