Keylor Navas was central to three of Real Madrid’s recent UEFA Champions League triumphs. The legendary goalkeeper was seen as an irreplaceable cog for Los Blancos, but it all fell apart after Thibaut Courtois’ arrival.
With a gruelling competition for minutes and a clear picture of his position in the manager’s pecking order, Navas left for Paris Saint Germain a few seasons ago.
Courtois is expected to miss most of the coming campaign through his ACL injury, and Real Madrid are on the hunt for a replacement.
According to reports that came out earlier this week, Navas’ agents offered the player’s services to his former employers.
The Athletic reveal the reason why the club legend’s return home to complicated. The player does not share a good relationship with some parts of the current Real Madrid dressing room and it would make a move back to the Bernabeu unlikely.
Yet, the fact remains that Navas is no longer the first-choice goalkeeper at PSG with Luis Enrique preferring the services of Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The Costa Rican international is in dire need of regular minutes, and Real Madrid would offer him that.
Ancelotti reveals what he wishes in a new goalkeeper
Speaking ahead of Los Blancos’ game against Athletic Club de Bilbao, Carlo Ancelotti was asked about the traits he was looking for in a new goalkeeper.
“Stopping with his hands. First stop [the ball] is what I ask of all the goalkeepers. That they are good with their hands and with their feet,” the Italian tactician said.
The manager also insisted that Real Madrid retain full faith in current deputy Andriy Lunin, but as things stand, they are in the market for a new goalkeeper.
However, Navas returning to the Bernabeu appears unlikely at this point, with Yassine Bounou of Sevilla seeming the likelier candidate.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.