Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas recently admitted that, after not playing a competitive match for almost two months, his current situation is difficult.
In an interview with Costa Rica's Radio Monumental, Navas spoke about being the back-up shot-stopper at Santiago Bernabeu after such a strong showing at Levante last season and at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
"I'm at Madrid because I signed for Real Madrid. It's true that after the World Cup, I had opportunities to go to other teams, but my final decision was to come to Madrid,” he said.
“I want to be here, where I'm going to fight for my spot for many years to come. Yes, my situation is difficult, but I don't have any regrets. I'm going to continue working hard just as I've always done.
“I love challenges. I have a contract, after this season, for five more years and I'm going to be as professional as I possibly can. When I get the chance to play, I'm going to take full advantage of it.
"I'm the same person. Every year, I keep improving and I'm going to continue to do so. I feel like every time I step out on the pitch for Real Madrid, I try to take full advantage of the opportunities I have and this is important for me. I'm going to continue to remain humble, work hard and thank God."
Navas' current situation is made even more complicated due to the fact that starter Iker Casillas bore the brunt of the fans’ criticism and blame for the club's recent Champions League loss to Schalke 04 at the Bernabeu, with supporters calling for the Spanish international to be benched.
Navas first came to Spain to play for Segunda side Albacete, where he played for a one season before joining Levante on loan the following year. While Navas only made one La Liga appearance for Levante during the 2011-12 season, he did enough to convince that he would be the heir apparent to starter Gustavo Munua. When Munua left for Fiorentina, Navas was given the undisputed starting role in 2013 and went on to become the only goalkeeper to be named La Liga Player of the Month and was later named Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2013-14 season.
Now, Navas is hoping to stop the club that made him a star, which couldn't come at a worse time for Levante, who are just out of the relegation zone but not out of the fight.