REAL MADRID goalkeeper Keylor Navas says he doesn’t fear the arrival of new signings in his position amid persistent links with David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois.
Navas took over from Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas in 2015 and has won La Liga, two Champions League titles, the UEFA Super Cup twice and the Club World Cup on three occasions.
But despite Navas’ accomplishments, Madrid have been consistently linked with replacements for the Costa Rican.
President Florentino Perez has been frustrated in his attempts to bring De Gea to the club while Courtois is also understood to be a target.
But Navas insists he never told Madrid not to sign players, who could ultimately replace him.
”I never said that they should not be signing anyone, I am not from here but I feel the colors of the club like the rest of you,” Navas said.
“I work each day for this shirt.”
Navas’ comments came as he was inducted into the Ramon Mendoza Supporters’ Group as an honorary member.
And Perez gave his backing to the goalkeeper as he paid tribute to him.
“Keylor, you have won the love and affection of everyone in Madrid,” Perez said.
“You have done that through talent, professionalism and by your conduct because you have identified with Real Madrid’s values.
“We are very proud to have you as our goalkeeper, regardless of what others might say. Keep working hard and I’m sure you will be with us for many years to come.”
Chelsea vs Southampton player ratings
Chelsea are through to another FA Cup final. Here’s how we rated each Blues player in their semi-final victory over Southampton at Wembley.
Willy Caballero: 6
Not always totally convincing, but did enough. Just about kept out a long-range strike from Nathan Redmond and was given the benefit of the doubt when a foul was awarded when the ball crossed the line after Caballero fumbled.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 8
An absolutely typical Azpilicueta performance; faultless defensively and delivered a peach of a cross from the right for Alvaro Morata to head in the all-important second goal.
Gary Cahill: 7
Has struggled for form at times this season but has looked much more reliable of late and this was another composed performance at the heart of the Blues defence.
Antonio Rudiger: 7
Also played well up against a Southampton side that threw two up front but had very little success bar a spell of pressure in the second half.
Victor Moses: 7
Worked hard on the right-hand side on what was sometimes a frustrating afternoon for him.
N’Golo Kante: 8
Another fine performance in midfield. A highlight was a clever feint which fooled two Saints players and enabled him to turn and run forward with the ball after collecting Azpilicueta’s pass in his own half.
Cesc Fabregas: 7
Pulled the strings in midfield and his ball into the box led to Olivier Giroud’s opener in the first minute of the second half.
Emerson Palmieri: 7
More conservative than at Burnley in midweek, but did the basics well. Is still building up his match fitness and it’s too early to judge him fairly, but does he look better than Kenedy?
Clearly disappointed to be taken off shortly after the hour mark and many Chelsea fans were unhappy with the decision too – and understandably so, given that the Brazilian was lively in the first half, hitting the bar with an early strike and the top of the net with a free-kick.
Eden Hazard: 8
Terrific stuff from Hazard, who as usual was electrifying with the ball at his feet. Teed up Giroud for the opening goal after a superb piece of control, was denied a goal by a fine save from Alex McCarthy, and was too good for Southampton to handle every time he picked the ball up.
Olivier Giroud: 8
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Showed his class for his goal, managing to evade no fewer than four defenders as well as McCarthy before stabbing the ball home. His all-around showing was excellent, with his movement and hold-up play a major factor in his team’s victory.
Tiemoue Bakayoko: 6
Did reasonably well after coming on for Willian in the second half – a substitution many Chelsea fans were unhappy about. He did nothing to silence his doubters with a couple of stray passes, but Bakayoko won a couple of important challenges too.
Alvaro Morata: 7
Made an impact straight after coming on – yet again heading in a right-wing cross from fellow Spaniard Azpilicueta. And Morata would have had a second but for a save from McCarthy and a clearance off the line by Maya Yoshida. Pedro, who was later also introduced, had no time to make an impression.