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Ex-Real Madrid star’s relationship with dressing room strained, return complicated – report

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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.

Navas is unlikely to return to Madrid. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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