Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas has said he has nothing to prove to the club after reports linking Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa with a move.
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 for one in the January transfer window, with a fee of €20m discussed.
Whilst current number one Navas has been performing well; Madrid officials have been interested in a number of options who they feel can provide a long-term option.
Man United’s David De Gea was red hot favourite to become the long term replacement for Iker Casillas, who left the club two summers back for Porto, but Spain’s number one is now seemingly a long shot with his future at the English club firmly rooted, leaving Kepa as the next option.
Marca report on Thursday morning that Los Blancos will now go all out to sign Kepa in January, taking advantage of the fact that his contract expires next summer and Athletic Bilbao would rather accept a fee than seeing him leave on a free transfer.
A move is now expected to happen and should see the youngster move straight into the starting eleven at the Santiago Bernabeu, leaving Navas’ future in doubt.
“I have nothing to prove to anyone,” Navas told Fox Sports, as quoted by Marca.
“I must enjoy my career and I am doing so but this club being what it is, you can never tell what the future holds but right now, I am the one who is here.
“My recovery (from injury) has gone well, I no longer feel any pain and I can train fully, I am calm and aim to reach the highest possible level.”
Madrid face Athletic Club this weekend at the new San Mames where all eyes will be on the two opposing keepers.