Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Navas shows why Real Madrid don't need De Gea

Madrid know De Gea will cost €75m

As the summer approaches, David De Gea's name is once again strongly linked to Real Madrid even though Keylor Navas continues to be a major part of Zinedine Zidane's all-conquering side.
The question may not be 'which keeper dares replace Navas?' after Madrid's 4-1 win over Juventus but 'who dares sign a keeper to replace him in the first place?'.
Only the Costa Rican will know the hardship that uncertainty has brought him over the past two years; the first of which saw an administrative error prevent the Manchester United shot-stopper from replacing him before winning La Decima, and then a year later rumours returned on the eve of his Duodecima triumph.
Critics were gathering at Navas' altar early in the campaign and yet as the going got tough, the ex-Levante man got going.
Playing an important role across the Champions League and LaLiga run-in, the man the Real dressing room calls Spiderman produced an incredible early stop in Cardiff to deny Miralem Pjanic's 18-yard volley.
And while little else came his way on the night, Navas can still be proud to have got the better of one the of best keepers ever to grace the game, Gianluigi Buffon.
With the Italian now dispatched, the Blancos custodian can return to seeing off his long-time nemesis and the ever-looming threat of De Gea unseating him at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.