Keylor Navas has been rumored to be making his way out of Real Madrid this summer since the club doesn’t count with his services for this season. With Thibaut Courtois being the starting goalkeeper for Madrid, Navas has started the search for a new team, with several clubs around Europe showing their interest in the Costa Rican player.
However, the former Levante player might stay put in Madrid, as the team’s boss Zinedine Zidane dismissed the rumors of a potential departure for Navas. The 32-year-old had some playing time during the preseason, racking up impressive performances that may or may have not changed Zidane’s mind about him and his future.
“I cannot imagine the team without Keylor Navas, I don’t contemplate his exit,” Zidane told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Friday, as reported by Marca.
“He has always been an important player for us,” Zidane added.
As for the rumors suggesting that Navas asked the team to let him go, the Frenchman said:
“Keylor hasn’t told me he wants to leave. He is here and the outside is not he can control,” said Zidane.
“He is happy here and wants to show that he can play here. He is a professional and I will count on him. Until day two he will talk a lot, but I know that Keylor is going to bring us a lot this season.”
In recent days Keylor has been linked with a move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain, both as part of an exchange deal for Neymar or just because Les Parisiens want him to claim the starting goalkeeper spot at the Parc des Princes.
Besides, reports have suggested that Madrid are targeting Pepe Reina and Willy Caballero as replacements for Keylor should he leaves Valdevebas, but that seems very unlikely now, seeing Zidane’s statements.