Real Madrid star puts emotional message: The side returned from the UAE with the Club World Cup triumph last month.
Real Madrid have had an eventful season so far. After the departure of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo, the club struggled immensely at the beginning of the season.
The side, under Julen Lopetegui, saw the worst goalless run in Real Madrid’s history, and a 5-1 routing at Camp Nou in season’s first El Clasico resulted in the club parting ways with the Spanish manager.
Under Santiago Solari, however, their season improved, as Real Madrid returned to top-4 in the league, and finished the year with Club World Cup victory.
However, one player who found himself in a similar situation under both the managers was Keylor Navas. The arrival of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea forced the star goalkeeper on the bench. Navas has only made two La Liga appearances, playing only eight games throughout the season.
Sport: Keylor Navas has already told his teammates goodbye. He will leave Real Madrid this month. Arsenal will sign him for €16 million. pic.twitter.com/E9bo39fcD0
— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) January 2, 2019
And now, it seems like Navas has bid his final goodbye to Real Madrid fans.
Real Madrid star puts emotional message:
Keylor Navas has been facing most of his time in the new season on the bench. On New Years’ Day, the Costa Rican goalkeeper posted a story on Instagram, which almost seemed like a farewell message for the Real Madrid fans.
AS: Keylor Navas has only played two games in LaLiga this season, both in August. And he hasn’t played at all since 6 December, when Real Madrid beat Melilla 6-1 in an easy Copa del Rey trouncing. pic.twitter.com/Z1cB2iaxRS
— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) December 28, 2018
In the picture, Navas was seen celebrating with the fans, with caption, “Thanks for Everything.”
Here’s the post:
Keylor Navas posts a farewell message on his Instagram. Could the keeper be set to leave Real Madrid in the winter transfer window? pic.twitter.com/yhEGxen3zZ
— ESP Football (@ESPFutbol_en) January 1, 2019
The goalkeeper has been increasingly linked with a move to Arsenal, and according to Spanish media outlet Sport, Navas could be set to join the North London club this month.
Navas was central to Real Madrid’s three consecutive Champions League titles, as well as the La Liga title in 2016/17.
Keylor Navas has already said goodbye to his Real Madrid teammates. Unai Emery is interested and willing to offer €16m that will be accepted by Madrid. Roma also interested (SPORT) pic.twitter.com/4yRWSSrjiR
— Osman (@OsmanZtheGooner) January 2, 2019
Thibaut Courtois: “I respect Keylor Navas a lot like I do other players here who have won 3 Champions Leagues in a row. It’s never great being on the bench but I see him working well. There is no bad relationship.” pic.twitter.com/nVF3UZPzJz
— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) December 25, 2018
The goalkeeper signed for Real Madrid in 2014. Throughout his time, the club was heavily linked with the signing of David de Gea, with the club almost closing the deal in the summer transfer window in 2015.
However, Keylor Navas stepped up brilliantly for Real Madrid, playing a key role in the side’s European triumphs.