By Spain correspondent Miguel de Souza
Keylor Navas has revealed that he cried when his move to Manchester United fell through.
The Costa Rica goalkeeper was all ready to head to Old Trafford as part of a deadline-day swap deal with David de Gea.
Following months of on-off negotiations, United and Real had finally agreed a £29million deal that involved De Gea moving to Spain and Navas heading to Old Trafford in part-exchange.
But the two transfers could not be completed as the paperwork for the De Gea transfer was not processed in time to meet the La Liga deadline. The knock-on effect was that Navas could not move to Old Trafford the following day.
“I cried that night when I found out I was staying,” Navas told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE. “It was a build-up of emotions”.
However, the goalkeeper claimed his first choice had always been to stay at the 10-times Champions League winners.
“I didn’t want to leave, Madrid is my home,” explained Navas. “I never wanted to leave Real Madrid. I thought that if God wanted me to leave Madrid, it would be for the best, but he didn’t want me to and I’m still here.”
With the Navas Manchester United deal falling through, the player has started all five of Real’s La Liga and Champions League matches this season. He is yet to concede a goal.