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Kepa remains calm over Real Madrid claims

Kepa remains calm over Real Madrid claims

Athletic Club keeper Kepa has remained calm over claims he could join Real Madrid in the January transfer window.

Long have Madrid been keen admirers of the young Basque stopper and it now seems that the Bernabeu club will look to make a move in the January transfer window.

Whilst current number one Keylor Navas has been performing well; Madrid officials have been interested in a number of options who they feel can provide a long-term option.

Manchester United’s David De Gea now seems to a long shot with his future at the English club firmly rooted, leaving Kepa as the next option.

However, following on from claims in Spanish daily Marca over the weekend; the young stopper has attempted to calm such rumours.

“My only focus right now is with the national team,” Kepa told reporters. “There’s nothing more I can say other than I am a player for Spain and for Athletic Club, nothing else matters to me.

“Of course I know of the rumours, I can see them and hear them, you know they exist but I know my situation better than that. They don’t make me nervous and I’m keeping calm.”

Madrid’s keeper worries have continued of late with Keylor Navas on the sidelines for this weekend’s clash with Atletico Madrid after failing to recover in time from his hamstring injury, meaning Kiko Casilla will play in goal.

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Madrid have picked themselves up after a poor start to the La Liga season, having now won four consecutive league games since the defeat to Real Betis last month and they will be looking to further improve when they meet Diego Simeone’s side at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Elsewhere, league leaders Barcelona will travel to Leganes looking to further break away from Valencia and Madrid.