Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez has said he is satisfied with the goalkeepers he has, in the aftermath of Los Blancos' long-term target David de Gea signing a new four-year deal at Manchester United. The former Chelsea and Liverpool boss added he has alreayd spoken with current club number one Keylor Navas about his role at the club, after Real tried to shift him out during the transfer window to make space for De Gea.
Having earmarked the United keeper as the perfect man to fill the gap left by the departure of Iker Casillas to Porto earlier in the summer, Real Madrid agreed a double deal with the Red Devils on Spanish trasnfer deadline day that would have taken De Gea to the Bernabeu, with Navas moving the other way. However, the deal collapsed as the paperwork did not arrive at La Liga headquarters on time.
Real Madrid were expected to launch a new attempt to sign De Gea next summer as keeper's contract at Old Trafford was due to expire at the end of the current season. United, however, revealed a dramatic U-turn on 11 September and announced that the keeper has signed a new four-year deal at the club instead.
But Benitez played down the news during a press conference, saying he is happy with the keepers he has. Navas is expected to remain as the number one this season while Kiko Casilla will back up the Costa Rica international after rejoining the club earlier in summer from Espanyol. Academy star Ruben Yanez completes the trio.
"De Gea belongs to Manchester United and I am satisfied to have Keylor, Kiko and Ruben. Keylor already know this because I have spoken with him," he said, as quoted by AS.
"Navas knows the trust that I have in him and he is calm and confident. That day [when the deal collapsed] I had dinner with him, his wife and his agent. I just want him to do it very well," Benitez added. "Yesterday he trained sensationally. He made three or four great saves. So he is not affected. He is delighted [to be here] and me too. I always say the truth".