Keylor Navas Expresses Desire To Retire At The Bernabeu Outfit

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Keylor Navas has expressed his desire to end his playing career at Real Madrid.

Navas has been one of the best goalkeepers in Europe over the past seasons. In 2014, he made his move to the Bernabeu, as Los Blancos triggered his €10 million release clause at Levante.

The 31-year old is a League Cup away from winning everything at Spanish club level. He has made 141 appearances in all competitions across the four seasons.

Over the past summers, Real Madrid have been repeatedly linked with David De Gea. There were reports that Carlo Ancelotti wasn’t happy with Navas, but he remained Zinedine Zidane’s first choice, and played a key role in helping them complete a Champions League hattrick.

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But the Frenchman’s departure has once again cast shadows about his future. New manager Julen Lopetegui is known to have a close friendship with De Gea, and could make an attempt to lure him out of Manchester United, pushing Navas down the order.

Navas isn’t worried at the moment, however, and believes that he has the backing of the Real Madrid supporters. In an interview with MARCA, the Costa Rican revealed that he was grateful for their support.

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“The kindness that the fans show me all the time is incredible and I am very grateful to all of them,” said the shot-stopper. “Whatever the sporting situation, they are always behind me.”

Navas also confirmed that he is very happy at Real Madrid, where he hopes to have a long stay. The 31-year-old also plans to finish his career with Los Blancos.

“I’m a Real Madrid player and I have a contract until 2020. I’ve always said that I’m very happy at Real Madrid and I hope that, if God wishes, I can retire at this club,” he added.

Currently, Navas is in Russia, as he looks to steer Costa Rica to a World Cup surprise. The South American side is up against Brazil, Serbia, and Switzerland.

The 31-year old will be looking to have another stellar tournament this summer, and take the Ticos deep into the knockout stages.