*Former England international David James believes one of the reasons David de Gea's move from Manchester United to Real Madrid fell through was because the Spanish stopper would not get into Los Blancos' team.
James believes that current Madrid number one Keylor Navas is better than the Old Trafford keeper, and that had an effect on his failed transfer last summer.
Despite De Gea remaining with the Red Devils and signing a new deal, talk of a move to the Bernabeu has not stopped. But the former Portsmouth and Liverpool man believes Madrid already have one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
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As per the Mirror, James, from the Carlsberg Green Room at Ted1s Grooming Room in Soho, said: "You look at Navas at Real Madrid, it's no wonder De Gea didn't go there.
"When you think that Navas is such a good goalkeeper that De Gea wasn't necessarily going to be the number one anyway. I think it was possibly a reason because Navas is awesome. He has been for a few years now.
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"Navas has had an exceptional start to the season in Spain and justified my theory that he is up there. If I say the top three - as a loose number - in the world because he is that good.
"I think he is (better than De Gea), yeah. I think his all-round game, he's got a lot more about him. (But) don't get me wrong, David de Gea's performed at an amazing level over the last three years."
Navas has indeed been in fine form for Madrid this season and has staked his claim to be their first-choice stopper for the foreseeable future. But to say that he is better than De Gea is up for serious debate.
The former Atletico Madrid man was Manchester United's saviour last season and has been an inspiration over the past couple of years.
He has continued his fine form since returning to the starting line-up in this campaign and has established himself as one of, if not, the best goalkeeper in Britain.
It will be interesting to see what Madrid do with their goalkeeping situation, considering they were willing to let Navas move in the opposite direction to De Gea over the summer.
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