Benitez backs Navas as Real’s No. 1
Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez has backed Keylor Navas to be his No. 1 goalkeeper, despite being linked strongly to Manchester United's David de Gea.
After Casillas' departure to Porto, Benitez has backed Navas to be first choice at the Santiago Bernabeu ahead of Kiko Casilla – a recent recruit from Espanyol - potentially signalling an end to Real's pursuit of De Gea.
Asked if Navas has the quality required to be a starter, Benitez said: "I think so, yes, we wanted to give him the chance to play and prove himself and he has done well."