Keylor Navas' heroics this season suggest Real Madrid don't need David de Gea

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Last summer's transfer window provided football fans with one of the most intense sagas in recent memory, with Manchester United's David de Gea seemingly destined for a move to Real Madrid but ultimately remaining at Old Trafford.

The Spaniard has built a strong reputation in the Premier League since arriving in 2011, performing admirably this season on a number of occasions to spare the blushes of manager Louis van Gaal.

However, while De Gea is undoubtedly a world-class goalkeeper, a potential move for Real is somewhat confusing given they already have the talented Keylor Navas at their disposal.


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The Costa Rican has sufficiently filled the void left by Iker Casillas this season and proved week in, week out that he is perfectly worthy of holding onto the number one spot at the Bernabeu.

Navas has enjoyed an impressive campaign on a personal level despite his club's struggles to mount a sustained La Liga title bid, so much so that he broke a club record of keeping five clean sheets in a row in all competitions at the beginning of the season.

In fact, of the 16 clean sheets he has kept this season, six have come in the Champions League where he has only made seven appearances.

The Costa Rica international has become an imperious force for Madrid and established himself as a commanding and athletic figure, suggesting De Gea's arrival would be both pointless and unfair.

Furthermore, the Spaniard's arrival would arguably provide little improvement and a heightened threat of error given his lack of conviction at the near post - a source of criticism this season.

Of course, De Gea is an incredible shot-stopper and frequently bails United out of some tough situations, but is he really that much of an improvement on Navas? Arguably not, especially not for the transfer fee he would likely command.

Madrid have a renowned history of spending big unnecessarily, with James Rodriguez and Danilo two recent examples who have struggled to make their mark.

Therefore, this time around, Los Blancos should stick with what they've got. After all, as the famous saying goes: 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.

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