Real Madrid's Keylor Navas: I have as much enthusiasm for leaving as I do for dying

Published on: 09 August 2018

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas emphatically ruled out leaving as he said the signing of Thibaut Courtois has not affected his desire to remain at the club.

"Tell everyone loud and clear, I have as much enthusiasm for leaving Madrid as I do for dying," Navas said after Madrid's 2-1 victory over Roma in a friendly at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Wednesday.

Navas, the Costa Rica No. 1, joined Madrid in 2014 and has helped them win three consecutive Champions League titles as well La Liga in 2017.

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His long-term future has often been in doubt, however. He was on the verge of joining Manchester United in 2015 when Madrid's pursuit of David De Gea fell through, and the club also failed to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao in January.

Courtois, a Belgium international who won the Golden Glove for being the best goalkeeper at the World Cup, joined Madrid from Chelsea on Wednesday for £35 million after declining to report for training and months of expressing a desire to live closer to his children.

Chelsea responded by signing Kepa shortly after Courtois' departure, activating the 23-year-old's €80m release clause in a record transfer fee paid for a goalkeeper.