Rafa Benitez gives assurances to Keylor Navas

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After a crazy summer of speculation surrounding the goalkeeping position, especially when legendary Iker Casillas departed to join FC Porto, Real Madrid's boss Rafael Benitez can now finally take a breather.

In a recent announcement of the team's squad number, the Spaniard manager seems to have settled all discussion by giving Keylor Navas the number one. Accordingly, the Costa Rican international is to be Real Madrid's goalkeeper in their first outing of the new season.

Rafael Benitez admitted he had a tough time choosing between Navas and Real's newest signing Kiko Casilla, both of whom are top quality professionals at their prime.

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In the end, Navas makes the starting line-up thanks to his impressive performance in their pre-season friendlies. He did a great job proving why Iker Casillas, not him, had to bid farewell to the team.

The Costa Rican goalkeeper played 406 minutes for Real in their pre-season matches, leaving the former Espanyol keeper with only one full-time, albeit impressive, display against Valerenga in their penultimate match of the pre-season.

Due to the important nature of the opening match, it is more appropriate for Benitez to name someone with a better understanding of the team's strategy and mentality, which gives Navas an edge over Casilla.

After all, this is Navas's second season with the team, he certainly has a better knowledge of Real Madrid than a newcomer.

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The question is, how long will Navas's reign as Real's number one last? With Real Madrid's interest with David de Gea still high, no one can guarantee anything. Not with someone like Florentino Perez ruling over the team.

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