Keylor Navas is finally thriving again after leaving Real Madrid, as the Costa Rican was mistreated by Los Blancos despite playing a major role in their recent European success and being one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Navas was often overlooked by the team. They first tried to replace him with David De Gea, and then sent him to the bench amid Thibaut Courtois’s arrival, even though the Belgian keeper made some blatant and atrocious mistakes along the way.
Navas’ nightmare came to an end in the summer when they sent him to Paris Saint-Germain, and now that he’s finally enjoying the game again, he opened up about his departure from Santiago Bernabeu.
“There are things that happened and I don’t know why they happened, but they did. I always try to keep the good memories. I have good memories with Zinedine Zidane, he defended me a lot of times and I thank him for the confidence he had in me,” the goalkeeper told El Chiringuito.
Moreover, Navas admitted that it was quite strange being in the visiting locker room when he faced Real Madrid with PSG for the UEFA Champions League, and lauded the club’s supporters for all the love they gave him along the years:
“The day before, during the walk of the pitch, I was about to turn left (to the Real Madrid players’ area) but I had to think: ‘Oh, no, it’s the other side’. I appreciated that people would sing for me. I’ll always be grateful to those fans. I made mistakes but they always supported me. I’ll always remember celebrating the titles because when we went out one by one, the love they showed me was incredible,” he concluded.
Los Blancos may regret their decision to let their best goalkeeper since Iker Casillas leave pretty soon, as Zidane already turned his back on Courtois to give Alphonse Areola a shot between the sticks.