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Keylor Navas will 'give everything' to remain as Real Madrid's No. 1 keeper

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas says he will "fight to the death" to keep his starting place and is not worried about speculation that any of David De Gea, Thibaut Courtois or Gianluigi Donnarumma could arrive this summer.

Madrid president Florentino Perez is thought keen to sign a goalkeeper, after Navas struggled to find his top form last season, with Manchester United's De Gea a long-term target and emerging star Donnarumma in a contract impasse with AC Milan.

Chelsea's Courtois is also apparently a possibility, with his agent admitting to regular meetings with Los Blancos' hierarchy.

Speaking to Marca from his holidays back home in Costa Rica, Navas said he was relaxed about the situation and would have no problem competing for a place.

"I am very relaxed, that is the truth," Navas said. "I just focus on what I can do myself, which is work hard and try to compete with the teammates I have.

"I just think about working and winning trophies, trying to enjoy the day to day. I will always want to play, of course. So I will battle to the death against whoever it is, in a fair fight. And I never ask for any gifts, as I never need them either. Whoever I am up against I will give everything, like always."

Reports in Spain say that Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has offered his backing to Navas, who made some high profile errors during the first half of last season, but came into form as the team sealed a La Liga and Champions League double.

The Costa Rica captain is to miss July's CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States, instead being part of his club's preseason elsewhere in the country. He believes that missing out on the summer programme last year, when he was recovering from a foot operation, had caused him problems.

"This year I am very happy to do a preseason, something I could not do last year, and which is very important," Navas said. "Last year it was pretty tough for me, so I ask for good health now. I want to start the season in the best shape possible."

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan


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