Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is grateful for the support Zinedine Zidane showed him during a difficult season.
The Costa Rican keeper came under scrutiny at times during the 2016-17 season and the Spanish giants are reportedly looking for a long-term replacement between the posts.
Manchester United shot-stopper David de Gea was on Madrid’s radar but as reported on Wednesday, they have called off their pursuit of the Spaniard. Meanwhile, it is understood that AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma is the main target for Zidane.
Navas missed the first few weeks of last season with an Achilles problem before claiming his position as No. 1 again for the remainder of the campaign.
And speaking after helping Madrid win both La Liga and the Champions League, Navas insists he is grateful for the confidence that Zidane has shown in him.
‘I started the season injured and it took a lot out of me to recover. I had every intention of making it easier but it wasn’t like that,’ Navas said at a press conference ahead of Costa Rica’s World Cup qualifier with Panama.
‘Now, I feel really strong on a sporting and spiritual level and I’m happy with the titles we won because they’re not easy.
‘Confidence is always important. I always have to thank the people who supported me. I must say thank you to Zidane and one way of showing gratitude is to play the best possible so that his decisions are backed up.
‘Everyone likes to have people who support you in tough moments.’