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Real Madrid: Keylor Navas wants to leave the club

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas wants to leave the club

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas wants to leave Real Madrid, reportedly handing in a transfer request to his current employers, according to Marca via The Express.

The Costa Rican has seen game-time limited at Madrid since the arrival of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea in 2018, making just 10 league appearances for Los Blancos last term as the Spanish giants finished third in La Liga, per Transfermarkt.

He is now allegedly vying for a move away from the Bernabeu, and wishes to depart the club before the transfer window closes on 2 September.

Madrid are thought to be open to the idea of the 32-year-old leaving, and will now look to use him as leverage in a potential part-exchange with Paris Saint-Germain for Brazilian forward Neymar.

Real had already used Navas as part of an offer submitted to PSG for Neymar, which also included Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez PLUS €100m (£91.4m), though this was rejected by the French champions, according to the report.

It is understood that PSG manager Thomas Tuchel is keen on the idea of Navas joining, after the Parisians saw Gianluigi Buffon leave the club earlier this summer to return to his former club Juventus.

Navas has been a serial winner for the La Liga giants though has never really seemed like the club’s undisputed number 1. Indeed, while he has played 162 games, the public pursuit of David de Gea in 2015 almost saw him leave for Manchester United, while the club obviously spent big money on Courtois last summer.

Described by top managers such as Mauricio Pochettino as one of the best stoppers in the world, a player of his stature perhaps deserves first-team football at this stage of his career.

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