Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is still furious at the way his transfer to Manchester United fell through in 2015, according to reports in Spain.
The Costa Rica international was set to move to Old Trafford as part of a deal involving David de Gea joining Real Madrid after months of intense speculation.
But a series of documentation issues, featuring faulty fax machines and Windows updates, meant the paperwork wasn’t submitted in time, preventing both players from making their respective moves.
And according to Spanish media outlet El Confidencial, the 31-year-old, who looks set to be replaced by Athletic Bilbao starlet Kepa Arrizabalaga in the summer, still feels angry at being denied a move to the Premier League as well as betrayed by his club for plotting a replacement behind his back.
Navas can hardly complain about how life has panned out since that fateful evening having added two Champions League winner’s medals, as well as a La Liga title, to his name.
And yet, you always feel as if Navas, despite his omnipresence on the pitch, has been somewhat peripheral to the core of Madrid’s success, inspired by the resolve of Sergio Ramos, control of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, alongside the sheer thrill of Cristiano Ronaldo.
He has never managed to command much of a presence in front of goal like De Gea has over the years, maturing into the best keeper in the world with each passing year, and you can’t help but wonder whether that failed move in 2015 – where he was effectively used as a pawn – has something to do with that.