Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is adamant that his No.1 spot in the Real Madrid side will not be given up easily should David De Gea sign for Los Blancos.
Navas has been struggling to cement his place in the Real Madrid starting XI since arriving for £8.8 million in the 2014 summer transfer window as Iker Casillas has returned from a dreadful spell of games to snatch Navas’ place in the team away from him.
With De Gea being constantly linked to Madrid, Navas’ position could potentially come under further pressure and speaking to Spanish television station La Sexta, he made it clear he wouldn’t go down without a fight.
“Real Madrid have told me that I have a contract, I still have five years remaining,” he said.
“I’m going on holiday as a Madrid player and I’m going to fight [against Casillas and De Gea] to be the number one.
“I’m indifferent. I’ll fight until the death to be a starter.”
Manchester United fans have been waiting for a decision from De Gea for months on end now with the speculation of a move to the Santiago Bernabeu not quieting down.
The Spanish goalkeeper, who has just one year left on his contract at Old Trafford, has often been Man United’s saviour this season, providing stunning reflex saves in important games. His highlight of the season was in United’s 3-0 win over bitter rivals Liverpool, where he was labeled man of the match despite seeing his side win by three goals.
He also made a fantastic penalty save against Everton as he became the first goalkeeper in the Barclays Premier League to stop Leighton Baines from the penalty spot.
Yet Los Blancos won’t settle for the average goalkeeper and the latest of players to be sucked in by the Real Madrid board by the allure of the famous club could be De Gea. Yet that won’t perturb Navas who is willing to fight for his place in the side.
United boss Louis van Gaal has already confirmed that there is a contract waiting on the table worth five times De Gea’s current salary and the deal just needs De Gea’s signature.
Should De Gea leave for the Bernabeu, it will be interesting to see how United can cope without the goalkeeper who is seen by many as the best in the Premier League.