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Real Madrid Squad Reportedly Want Keylor Navas to Stay Amid David De Gea Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2017

Real Madrid's goalkeeper Keylor Navas waves to his fans after the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Francisco Seco/Associated Press

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and his players reportedly want goalkeeper Keylor Navas to keep his place at the club amid speculation linking Los Blancos with Manchester United's David De Gea. 

According to Marca's Jose Felix Diaz, they want Navas to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu for another year after his excellent recent form "completely renewed the trust" placed in him.

They want him to at least "fight for the possibility of being" the first-choice stopper even if De Gea were to come in this summer.

Diaz added that Zidane has repeatedly given Navas his backing, while the Costa Rican is also close friends with captain Sergio Ramos, who was "the first to hug" him after they retained the UEFA Champions League on Saturday.

After making an early return from Achilles surgery, Navas struggled somewhat for form earlier in the season, with ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan highlighting one of his mistakes when Real played Napoli in February:

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Navas seemed to be both in bad position, and misjudge flight of ball...

SB Nation's Lucas Navarrete took issue with his uninspiring clean-sheet record ahead of the Champions League final with Juventus, although Navas was not the only one to blame:

Lucas Navarrete @LucasNavarreteM

On the other hand, Navas kept a clean sheet in just 17,5% of the games. The defensive line is also responsible for that stat, though.

However, he was among Los Blancos' key performers in their run-in for the double, as he put in several impressive showings, including against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final and Malaga to seal La Liga on the final day.

Corrigan commented on his return to form:

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Today Keylor's first clean sheet in La Liga in 14 games [since Jan v Real Soc at Bernabeu]. Looks back in top form too, handy pre Juve.

He largely fared well against the Bianconeri on Saturday too. While he was slightly caught out by Mario Mandzukic's overhead kick, such was the quality of the strike it would be unfair to put much blame on Navas.

There's no doubting De Gea would be an upgrade, but Navas would make for a strong understudy.

Equally, if Real don't recruit a new goalkeeper this summer, the 30-year-old has shown that with confidence, he can be a strong stopper for his side.

With the backing of his manager and team-mates, Navas has an excellent platform from which to build and maintain that confidence, and with it his form should make him a viable option.

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