Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas has revealed that he cried following his failed transfer to Manchester United on deadline day.
Madrid and Man United agreed a deal for Navas as part of a transfer for David de Gea but late paperwork meant the move never materialised.
De Gea eventually signed a new contract at United while Navas has been Rafa Benitez’s first-choice keeper at Madrid this term.
The Costa Rican revealed that the debacle took an emotional toll on him.
“I cried when I found out I was staying, it was a build-up of emotions,” Navas said.
“I didn’t want to leave, Madrid is my home.
“My agent told me to be alert to my phone. We had to go to Barajas, although I never actually got on a plane, I was in a waiting room. I thought that if God wanted me to leave Madrid, it would be for the best, but he didn’t want me to and I’m still here.
“I signed the Manchester United contract on a stretcher while I had my medical, but I want to write my own story at this club and win everything this season. We have things to improve, but we’re on the right path.”
Madrid and Navas’ pain was United’s gain and De Gea’s new deal means that the club will get a much higher fee for him if he does end up leaving next summer. Meanwhile, his performances on the pitch have been superb. De Gea’s save from Jose Fonte’s header against Southampton last time out arguably won United the game.