Keylor Navas: I want to stay and fight for my place

Keylor Navas: I want to stay and fight for my place


Keylor Navas has admitted he has found his first year at Real Madrid frustrating but says he wants to remain at the club and fight for his place.

The Costa Rican signed for Los Blancos last summer on the back of a superb season for Levante and then putting in some first rate performances for his country at the World Cup.

But the keeper has found first team opportunities hard to come by in his first season at the Santiago Bernabeu and has had to get used to playing second fiddle to Iker Casillas. He did make a rare start against Espanyol on Sunday, but will be disappointed by the way he conceded the goal in the 4-1 win over the Catalan outfit.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Navas said he wants to remain at the club.

“I have never thought about being a substitute, although it is true to say that I have had a difficult year and I have dealt with it as well as possible and been professional. When I have played, I have tried to play as well as possible. Attitude and enthusiasm have helped me to keep on going.

“I hope that next year will be different and I can win my place in the starting XI. I have five more years on my contract and I have a positive mentality. It is difficult but I am not giving in, I hope that the opportunity will arrive at some point. The competition is good because it helps me to grow,” he commented.