When Thibaut Courtois forced his move out of Chelsea to join Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer of last year, it was crystal that he would knock Keylor Navas off the number spot.
It happened, and not until Courtois was pushed out of play due to a hip injury did the 32-year-old Costa Rica international return between the sticks.
Navas is still a second option for new boss Santiago Scolari, but with Courtois out of action for a few more weeks, there could be a silver lining in Navas’s cloud afterall.
The glovesman has admitted he will not cave in to pressures to pursue an exit from the club, with clubs like Arsenal and Juventus thought to be considering the option to sign him.
But those talks have been muted since he picked his pen to extend his stay at the Bernabeu till 2021.
Navas says he’s ready to fight his way back up despite competition from former Premier League shot-stopper Courtois.
And until he has realised that he can no longer fight to be the club’s first choice goalkeeper, he won’t rest his Madrid gloves.
Speaking at the National Sports Award, he said, “The day when I realize that I cannot be the first-choice goalkeeper will be the day I leave.”
With Courtois still sidelined, Navas added: “In the meantime, you have to wait for your turn…I am at the coach’s disposal 100 per