by Tim Stannard
Keylor back to feeling like a keeper for Coach Zizou at Real Madrid
Keylor Navas has reached his limit.
The goalkeeper has had too many balls flying into his psychological net. The Costa Rican is done.
"I have a contract and I want to play at Madrid...I don't want to spend another year like this one," sighed Real Madrid's number one - at least for the moment - in a Tuesday overnight interview for Spanish radio revealing Keylor’s feelings on his uncertain present and future.
Ray Hudson's second-favorite player in the world - although Andre Gomes comes close to pipping him - was looking back at quite the season for Madrid that first saw him job-sharing with Thibaut Courtois under Julen Lopetegui and then exiled to the bench completely under Santiago Solari.
Muy feliz y agradecido a Dios por volver a jugar y por haber ayudado al equipo a lograr un triunfo!!! Dios-familia-fútbol pic.twitter.com/yFPlb6Zl4G— Keylor Navas (@NavasKeylor) March 16, 2019
"I had the feeling that I whatever I did in training, I wasn't going to play," admitted Navas, who was relieved to say the least at the return of Coach Zizou and being back between the pipes against Celta Vigo - "I was very emotional when I saw my name in the eleven."
The admission gives an indication of the kind of locker room lethargy from the players that Solari both endured and perhaps created with Isco being banished from the squad, Marcelo also on the bench and a constantly-griping Gareth Bale refusing to celebrate goals with his footballing co-workers.
And staying with Real Madrid keeper kerfuffles, Iker Casillas has announced that he is renewing his deal with Porto by two years to take him to 40, just a day after claiming that he would like to return to LaLiga in the future.
The Sports Burst live show will look at Real Madrid’s big keeper conundrum on our beIN SPORTS Facebook page at 12PM ET / 9AM PT.
Vinicius says shows future after finance with Real Madrid move
On the topic of Real Madrid and Vinicius Junior – with a bit of time on his hands due to injury – has revealed that he had the chance to join Barcelona when there was a tug of love between the two clubs for his contract signature but he chose the Santiago Bernabeu. Well, that’s his story anyway.
Real Madrid signed the footballer from Flamengo for a huge fee of around $50 million back in 2017 to raise quite the eyebrows. But also talking to Spanish radio on Tuesday night, Vinicius revealed that he had the choice of either side of the El Clasico divide.
¡Trabajando para volver cuanto antes y más fuerte! 💪🏾🤜🏾🤛🏾🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/M7OxVZEOAR— Vinicius Jr ⚡️ (@vini11Oficial) March 18, 2019
“Barcelona wanted to pay more, but we wanted the best project, and Marcelo and Casemiro spoke to me and helped me decide," revealed the 18-year-old who is sidelined until May with injury.
Vinicius Junior’s former club, Flamengo, aren’t in action tonight in the Copa Sudamericana. But some others are including Argentine outfit Union against Independiente del Valle of Ecuador that get’s underway at 8:30PM ET / 5:30PM PT.
Rabiot in apparent hostage situation at PSG
“Adrien is a prisoner. He is even a hostage at PSG. Soon, it is dry bread, water and a dungeon! This world is cruel.”
Oh dear, matters do not sound too good at all for poor Adrien Rabiot at PSG. That’s according to the player’s mother and agent, Véronique Rabiot, who spoke to L’Equipe about her son’s treatment by the club.
For those not completely up to speed, Rabiot refused to sign a new deal with PSG, can leave for free in the summer and is now whittling away his time in Paris not playing and in exile from all the first team fun. However, Sports Burst doubts that dungeons are involved. At least for the moment.
Rabiot reportedly suffered the ire of his PSG bosses as well for heading to a party after PSG’s exit from the Champions League against Manchester United. “Nothing is happening for Adrien anymore. Adrien is not going to go and do pottery whilst he waits for the time to pass,” boomed Madame Rabiot.
All things Rabiot is sure to pop up in a brand-new Facebook live show at 5:30PM ET / 2:30PM PT – Post to Post. Everything you need to know about what the heck happened in the world of soccer. And your chance to opine too.