Keylor Navas: Failed Manchester United move made me ‘stronger’

by Ben Topliss

Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas believes his failed transfer to Manchester United this summer has made him a “stronger” person.

The Costa Rican was set for a late move to Man United on the final day of the Spanish transfer window, with David de Gea going the other way, but the deal collapsed due to late paperwork.

Navas has gone from strength to strength since the saga, conceding just twice in nine appearances and saving both penalties he has faced.

“I have not had anything easy anywhere, because as they say ‘the fish had already been sold’ and I had to swim against the current. But when you do swim against the current you come out stronger,” Navas said.

“Often you arrive in a place where there are people who have been there a long time, and you must work and climb up step by step to win your chance.

“I have had to wait just one year to have the chance, because other people have had to wait longer. God has prepared me to be at my best physical and mental level in key moments.”

Navas is a top quality keeper and he would have been a fine replacement for De Gea but what’s done is done and they will be staying put at their respective clubs until the summer, at least. Perhaps Navas’ superb form will convince Madrid that they do not need De Gea at all, although they have always seemed to prefer reputation and star quality to performances on the pitch.

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