Zidane to Keylor Navas: “You are my goalkeeper”

11 Jun 2017

Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane have already held meetings to begin planning for the 2017/18 season and one of the priorities is who will be the club’s starting goalkeeper next season, with the French coach making clear that he wants Keylor Navas to stay.

He is not planning to hand the gloves to anybody else and explained his view to Perez at Los Blancos’ LaLiga title win in Malaga, a match in which the Costa Rican made another excellent save.

Real Madrid may be in fairly advanced talks with David de Gea, but Zidane does not think his arrival is a necessary one.

Not only did the Frenchman tell Perez that he wants Navas to continue beneath the posts of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, but he also told the player, both before and after the Champions League final against Juventus.

Given those words, the player departed for Costa Rica duty with the understanding that Real Madrid will not be signing De Gea, even if he knows he will have to compete for his spot with whoever the number two may be in 2017/18.

The players have also requested that Navas stay as the team’s first-choice shot-stopper, but the ball is now in the court of the Real Madrid board, who have already taken significant steps towards making the transfer – which Manchester United claim would cost 75 million euros – happen.

If it were up to Zidane and the dressing room, this money would not be going to Old Trafford.

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