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Keylor Navas: “Some people within Real Madrid didn’t believe in me”

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The goalkeeper talked to PSG’s site and shared his feelings about his tenure at the Spanish capital.

Paris Saint-Germain Training Session Photo by Aurelien Meunier - PSG/PSG via Getty Images

Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has talked in an interview with Paris Saint-Germain’s official website. Navas not only discussed PSG’s current season, he also shared his thoughts about the years he spent playing for Real Madrid, where he won three consecutive Champions League titles as the starting goalkeeper.

“When I joined Real Madrid I never tried to prove I was better than Iker [Casillas] or that my career was going to be better than his own. I just tried to take advantage of the opportunity I was given to train hard and do the best I could,” said Navas.

The goalkeeper was asked about the differences between the recognition he gets in France now.

“I feel everyone’s love and support in Paris. In Spain, I felt like some people within the club didn’t believe in me. I will always be thankful to the fans for the support they gave me and also to the teammates, who always believed in me. Things are a bit different here in PSG, everybody believes in me and I try to respond to that support with confidence,” concluded Navas.

The goalkeeper is probably referring to the summer of 2015, where Real Madrid almost completed the signing of David De Gea, which would’ve sent Navas to Manchester United. While Navas ended up winning those three Champions League titles mentioned above, it’s probably fair to say that Los Blancos felt that it was necessary to improve that position, as they decided to sign Courtois in 2018 when Navas was still around.