Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas admits he was reduced to tears when he was told his proposed move to Manchester United had fallen through.
But the goalkeeper was not upset by the thought of not linking up with Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford. In fact, Navas was crying tears of joy because he never wanted to swap the Spanish capital for Manchester in the first place.
Navas was set to be included in a deal that took Red Devils goalkeeper David de Gea in the opposite direction. Real Madrid agreed a £29million fee for De Gea while the Premier League outfit were going to pay £11m for the Costa Rica international.
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However, the proposed deal fell through at the eleventh hour and Navas was told to stay put. De Gea and Real Madrid may have been distraught but Navas, who was about to board a flight to Manchester when he was informed, was so overwhelmed with glee that he wept.
Navas told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE: “I cried that night when I found out I was staying, it was a build-up of emotions. I didn’t want to leave, Madrid is my home.
“I never wanted to leave Real Madrid. My agent told me to be alert to my phone. We had to go to Barajas [airport], although I never actually got on a plane – I was in a waiting room.
“I thought that if God wanted me to leave Madrid, it would be for the best, but he didn’t want me to and I’m still here.”
Having seen Iker Casillas sold to Porto in the summer transfer window, Navas is now enjoying life as Real Madrid's number one goalkeeper.
Meanwhile, De Gea has committed his future to Manchester United, agreeing a four-year deal earlier this month.
However, the situation threatens to reignite next summer with Real Madrid reportedly still keen to sign the Spain international. That is unless Navas can take his chance this season and establish himself at the Bernabeu.