Navas not giving up on Madrid

Keylor Navas says he is determined to make the most of his time at Real Madrid and eventually become the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.

The Costa Rican has struggled for game time at the Santiago Bernabeu since arriving from Levante on the back of a successful World Cup campaign, but he acknowledges that while playing second fiddle to Iker Casillas has been ‘difficult’, he is adamant his hard work will soon pay off.

“I’m at Madrid because I chose to sign for them,” he told Radio Monumental.

“It’s true that after the World Cup I had the opportunity to go elsewhere, but my final decision was to come to Madrid.

“I want to be here, where I hope to fight for many years. It’s true that my situation is difficult, but I don’t regret anything. I’ll continue working [hard] as I have always done.

“I like challenges. I have a contract, after this season, for five more years and I’ll be as professional as possible. When I get opportunities to play, I’ll make the most of them.

“I’ve always been the same person, but year on year I try to improve a little more.

“I feel that during my time at Real Madrid, I’ve tried to make the most of every opportunity I’ve got on the pitch, and that’s important to me.

“I’ll remain humble, hardworking and always thank God [for where I am today].”

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