Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has firmly dismissed any and all rumors surrounding the bidding of Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas even though it was believed that Navas was already on his way out of the Spanish capital to the north side of London as early as this January.
The Gunners boss denied reports that claimed Arsenal have made a bid for Navas, dismissing them simply as “not true”. The reports seem to have originated on Thursday in Spain following the Costa Rican goalie’s lack of playtime this term, making only 8 appearances for Real, since the arrival of former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois last summer at the Bernabeu. However, Emery insists that Arsenal are content with Petr Cech, Bernd Leno and Emiliano Martinez, the current stoppers on the Gunners’ roster, and that no interest in Navas was or has been sparked.
“I don’t know. We never speak about one goalkeeper because I think – and it’s true – we are very happy with the three goalkeepers we have now. We’ve never spoken about Keylor Navas,” the Spaniard said.
Navas impressed on his so far 5 years with the Galacticos winning three Champions League titles in a row from 2015-16 to 2017-18 and a La Liga title in 2016-17 including many personal and club accolades and records. However, he has been merely a backup under Lopetegui, formerly, and now Solari, who clearly prefer Courtois over Navas.