Keylor Navas has thanked Real Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane for showing faith in him despite issues with form and fitness.
The Costa Rican shot stopper was restricted to only 27 La Liga starts and missed the first month of the league season due to an Achilles injury, and subsequently suffered a loss of form before bouncing back for the final few months of the campaign.
"I began the season injured, then it was difficult to recover," Navas is quoted as saying by AS, whilst on international duty.
"I wanted it to be easy, but it wasn't like that. Now I feel much more strengthened on a footballing and spiritual level.
"I owe thanks to Zidane, and one way to repay him is to play as well as possible so that his decisions are backed up.
“Everyone likes that someone supports them when you are in a difficult moment, even more your teammates who are there day to day.
“Seeing that they never doubt you is something that motivates you."