Keylor Navas responds to speculation of David de Gea joining Real Madrid

by Leo Nieboer

Keylor Navas has responded to speculation surrounding a potential move to Real Madrid for David de Gea, insisting that he would work hard every day and ignore the reports.

It has been reported in recent weeks that Madrid, after failing to secure the Spaniard’s signature in August 2015, were keen on activating his £51m release clause.

Navas, when asked about the links, noted earlier this month that he would fight for the No.1 spot at the Bernabeu regardless of who arrives at the club over the summer.

And the 30-year-old has reiterated that he would continue to work hard under Zinedine Zidane.

“I don’t gain or lose anything with all of that,” he said.

“Madrid has to have the best players and I work hard each day to be the best, be amongst the best players and to be able to stay here for many years to come.”

Life at Madrid would not, I suspect, be the paradise that many imagine it to be. If De Gea’s first few months at Madrid are in any way similar to his early stages at Old Trafford, the cacophony of censure from both supporters and the local media would be deafening. Any slip-up, in fact, can be truly terminal.

Another thing that De Gea ought to consider is that, unlike at Manchester United, a place in the starting XI every week is far from guaranteed. Navas was used as something of a prop – a bargaining chip, if you will – during the entire transfer saga back in 2015, but the Costa Rican deserves to be taken seriously.

During the 2015/16 campaign he conceded an average of 0.82 goals per game – the best record at Madrid for 20 years, and De Gea will have to consider whether attempting to displace such a solid influence at a notoriously unforgiving club eclipses the prospect of life under Jose Mourinho next season.

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