Now that Real Madrid has finally sacked Santiago Solari and appointed Zinedine Zidane as their “new” full-time boss, Keylor Navas has spoken up about the difficult path he had to face during the Argentinean’s tenure in charge of Los Blancos.
The Costa Rican felt vastly disrespected by the way Solari and the team handled his situation and sent him to the bottom of the bench in favor of Thibaut Courtois.
Courtois has raised nothing but doubts since completing a shocking move from Chelsea to Santiago Bernabeu, yet Solari was reluctant to give the former Saprissa keeper another chance to guard Real Madrid’s goal.
“The last match of the Champions League in the Group stage was quite ugly, there was a chance for almost all of my teammates to play and I did not, it was difficult to accept but I faced the situation and had to keep working. I did have the feeling that whatever I did in practice I was not going to play, but I was always a professional, I was motivated to continue doing things well because I am privileged,” Navas told Spanish outlet Marca.
Navas had played a key role in Real Madrid’s most successful period of their recent times, winning 3 UEFA Champions League and finally filling Iker Casilla’s shoes as the team’s primary stopper.
Yet, the team has never treated him with the respect he deserves as one of the best goalies in the world, trying to replace him with David De Gea first and then with the Belgian.
Still, Navas stayed put at Santiago Bernabeu despite having the chance to bail on the team and do what was best for his career, but now that Zizou’s back in charge, so is him, as he publicly addressed:
“I was very emotional when I saw my name in the starting lineup. It (the bad relationship with Solari) is already in the past and now we have to focus on the new stage with Zidane, enjoy what comes, I am calm because I know that he gives opportunities to all the players, not only to me”.