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Reports: Keylor Navas to move this summer as Zidane names Courtois first-choice goalkeeper

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771   //    14 May 2019, 17:03 IST

Navas has spent five successful seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu
Navas has spent five successful seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu

What's the story?

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has reportedly told Keylor Navas that his services in the squad are no longer needed, thereby giving the Costa Rican the freedom to leave this summer.

The decision comes after the Real Madrid board decided to pick Thibaut Courtois as the team's first-choice goalkeeper.

In case you didn't know

Navas has spent five successful seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, during which he has won three Champions League titles, one LaLiga trophy, three Club World Cups, and three European Super Cups.

Despite initially being seen as a second-choice keeper, the 32-year-old is often lauded for his will to overcome criticism and push his way back into the starting eleven.

The Costa Rican has made 161 appearances for the club so far, during which he has conceded 157 goals and registered 52 clean sheets.

The shot-stopper's role in the team was reduced when Zidane decided to leave the club last summer, following which Courtois was brought in from Chelsea.

Zidane's re-appointment as Real Madrid manager sent Navas’ hope at regular football soaring high, only for it to come crashing back down because of a recent board decision.

The heart of the matter

Goal reports that while Zidane is not keen on letting Navas go, the Real Madrid board has decided that Courtois would be the first-choice goalkeeper.

Amid reports of Navas' summer exit, Marca has claimed that Zidane even attempted to persuade the board to choose his son, Luca Zidane, as the second-choice keeper.

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Real Madrid's game against Real Betis will reportedly be Navas' final game in a Los Blancos shirt. It is said that he will start the game as a part of his farewell to fans and the team.

What’s next?

Real Madrid is scheduled to lock horns with Real Betis in LaLiga on Sunday.

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