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Keylor Navas targets number one spot at Real Madrid; Will he budge Casillas?

Costa Rican will battle with Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez for a permanent place in goal.

New Real Madrid signing Keylor Navas is targeting the number one jersey at the Bernabéu this season, but is under no illusions as to the extent of the challenge.

The Costa Rican goalkeeper's transfer was confirmed on Sunday after much speculation on his playing future.

It had been suggested in the Spanish media that Navas would only be unveiled as a Madrid player once the club had decided the future of one of their two other goalkeepers, Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez.

It emerged over the weekend that the European Champions would offload Lopez as opposed to Casillas, and that no announcement would be made until a departure avenue had been created for the 32-year-old.

But Lopez, at least for now, remains a Madrid player, and new boy Navas has already highlighted the tough competition in the pursuit for the number one jersey.

“Earning the number one spot won’t be easy," he said according to AS. "Six years give me peace of mind. I’m going to work hard, and learn from the Real Madrid players.”

Navas will have to wait until at least the Spanish Super Cup final against Atletico Madrid before he can appear between the sticks, after Real boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on the weekend that Casillas would appear in goal.

Last season saw Casillas appear in Copa del Rey and Champions League matches for Madrid, competitions that they went on to win, while Lopez was prominent in La Liga fixtures.

But Navas is now likely to take the league goalkeeping position, with Madrid’s loyalty to Casillas probably meaning Lopez will depart.

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