Keylor Navas insists he has no intention of leaving Real Madrid this summer despite the club completing the signing of rival goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Navas has been Madrid’s first-choice goalkeeper in each of the past three seasons since inheriting the jersey from Iker Casillas in the summer of 2015.
But after Madrid completed the £35million purchase of Courtois from Chelsea on Wednesday, Navas no longer appears No 1 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 31-year-old has indicated he will stay and fight for his place and launched an impassioned defence of his place in Madrid’s side.
‘I have the same desire to leave Real Madrid as I have to die,’ Navas told Spanish radio stadio Onda Cero when asked about Courtois’ arrival.
Navas has made 141 appearances and all he has done is win three Champions Leagues, one League, four Club World Cups, three European Super Cups and one Spanish Super Cup.
Courtois had long expressed his desire to move to Madrid, where his family still reside from three seasons spent on loan with city rivals Atletico.
The arrival of Courtois means that Real now have five goalkeepers in their first team squad: Keylor Navas, Kiko Casilla, Andriy Lunin, Luca Zidane and Courtois.
Before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, I expect two of them to go out on loan with Kiko Casilla and Luca Zidane the most likely to leave.