French Ligue 1

Keylor Navas: God guided me away from Real Madrid

Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Keylor Navas has said that God guided him towards an exit from Real Madrid in 2019. 

The 34-year-old departed the Spanish capital after one season as backup to Thibaut Courtois.

The Costa Rican joined Madrid from Levante in 2014 and had a huge amount of success in the Spanish capital, winning La Liga once and three consecutive Champions Leagues between 2016 and 2018.

But Navas left Madrid in 2019, moving to Paris one year after the Blancos signed Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea.

What was said?

In an interview with France Football, Navas described the end of his time at Madrid as “a complicated period.”

“There are times when you have to make decisions,” he said. “I have great appreciation for Real Madrid and all the team-mates who have treated me well. And of course [head coach Zinedine] Zidane, with whom we have won everything.

“We have a common history that will not leave our memory. But there are things that we do not control.

“I trusted in God, who guided me towards an exit from Real Madrid.”

How has Navas fared with PSG?

The 34-year-old helped PSG to a Ligue 1 title last year in his first season at the club and also led them to the Champions League final, where they fell to Bayern Munich.

PSG are currently in a tight race for the Ligue 1 title and are gearing up for a Champions League rematch against Bayern – this time in the quarter-finals.

Navas, who has a contract with PSG through 2023, is hoping to stay at the club for many years.

“It’s clear I’m very happy here and I’ll stay as long as the club wants,” he said. “Of course, if they don’t want me any more, I’ll have to leave [laughs].

“But I’m very happy here, flourishing and I’m enjoying 100 per cent being in Paris. I want to play for a long time more at PSG, because I feel good physically and mentally.”

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