Navas: I came to Madrid to be a champion

The Costa Rica international has been unable to break into Carlo Ancelotti’s first team but says he intends to stick around for many years and is targeting more silverware

Keylor Navas says he chose to join Real Madrid because he considered the club his best chance to win silverware.

The Costa Rica international had a host of suitors following a remarkable World Cup in Brazil that saw him inspire his side to a best-ever quarter-final finish.

And the 28-year-old is desperate to earn his place in the side and improve on his Club World Cup and Uefa Super Cup-winning medals he picked up with los Blancos last year.

“I like challenges and this is a great one for my career,” he told La Nacion.

“I’ll work with humility to earn my place in the team. I want to win lots of titles with this club. I chose Real Madrid to be here for a long time and I will succeed, I have faith that I’ll get it.”

Navas remains behind captain Ikar Casillas in the pecking order and has made just two Liga starts since his summer arrival, but insists their rivalry is purely professional.

“My relationship with Iker Casillas is very good – he is a great companion,” Navas continued.

“Not only are these players great professional athletes, but also a great group of people.”

Barcelona’s defeat to Malaga on Saturday means that Navas and Real Madrid will extend their lead at the top of La Liga to four points with a win over Elche on Sunday.

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