I try to be professional – Keylor Navas

The Costa Rica international has spent much of the season on the bench after moving to the Santiago Bernabeu over the summer, but insists he is happy with his role


Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas says he will remain professional in his ongoing battle with Iker Casillas for the club’s No.1 jersey.

The Costa Rica star joined Madrid from Levante in the summer but has made just four appearances for the club, with Iker Casillas preferred in goal.

Navas could start against Ludogorets in the Champions League on Tuesday night as the reigning European champions conclude their group stage campaign having already sealed their progress to the last-16.

But while there have been suggestions the 27-year-old has grown unhappy with his bit-part role in the Spanish captital, he insists he is satisfied and determined to play as many games as possible.

“I’m happy at the club,” he told reporters at a press conference on Monday.

“I try to be professional and play all the games I can. We are working seriously as usual. We know that this match will be difficult and we respect Ludogorets like we do all our other rivals. We want to win tomorrow and finish the year well.

“Football is a very beautiful sport and everybody should try to enjoy it. Ludogorets have come to play a serious match. We don’t have to change our gameplan. We always think that the next match is the most important one.”

Madrid came through a tricky test in Bulgaria in their first clash against Tuesday’s opponents at the start of October, and had Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema to thank as they came from behind to win 2-1.

Should Carlo Ancelotti’s side win again at the Santiago Bernabeu, they will have recorded a maximum 18 points from their six group games, having also seen off Liverpool and FC Basel home and away in Group B.

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