Keylor Navas Will Challenge Iker Casillas, Diego Lopez for First-Team Spot

By Collin Ruby
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I was shocked when I heard the news that Real Madrid has beaten Bayern Munich to the signing of Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas. I thought that the deal was all but over between Bayern and the Costa Rican goalkeeper, but Real Madrid snuck in at the last minute and got their man. Navas signed to Real Madrid for €8 million and is worth every bit of that money. Is it farfetched to say that Navas will be the starting goalkeeper come the start of the season? I don’t believe so. Navas was incredible in the 2014 World Cup and only conceded two goals through five games and was considered maybe the second best goalkeeper of the tournament behind Manuel Neuer.

Navas has a golden opportunity to start for Real Madrid due to both Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez’s age. Casillas, 33, did not impress during his 2014 World Cup campaign and Lopez has not been able to show his potential by sitting behind Casillas. Navas, on the other hand, is 27 and started at Levante FC and impressed significantly at the World Cup. Obviously, Navas has peaked Real Madrid’s interest due to his play.

If Navas had signed to Bayern Munich, chances are that Navas would not have seen more than 10 starts. Let’s face it, Bayern Munich has the best goalkeeper in the league with Neuer and there is no way that manager Pep Guardiola would start Navas over Neuer in any important league game. For Navas, this is easily the best decision.

A clear-cut goalkeeper competition has opened in Real Madrid and I do hope Navas secures the starting position. Navas is in better form and has proven himself on the international level as well as against top flight players. With all these incoming players, Cristiano Ronaldo should be very happy to know of the security being installed at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Collin Ruby is a Soccer Writer for, “Follow” him on Twitter @Collin_Ruby and “Like” him on Facebook at Collin Ruby.

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