Iker Casillas. Keylor Navas. David De Gea. Kiko Casilla… Four great goalkeepers surrounded, in some way, by the drama known as “Real Madrid’s Transfer Window”.
There is definitely no need to get into the whole discussion regarding Iker Casillas and his departure from Real Madrid to Porto. The one thing that I will be mentioning though is that his departure (understandably) opened a goalkeeping spot at the “White House” and, for quite some time, it seemed as though that place was reserved for David De Gea. Instead, it was Keylor Navas who stepped up and took charge as Real Madrid were suddenly looking for a good back-up goalkeeper for the club. At that point, it was Kiko Casilla, a man who grew up with the team then left for greener pastures before making a name for himself at Espanyol and showing that he deserves to come back to the club. At that point, things seemed calmer at Real Madrid. Well, at least in regards to the goalkeeping situation.
One thing that I somehow keep forgetting is that “calm” is not a word that is usually associated with Los Merengues (This may be a good time for you to remind me about Cristiano Ronaldo’s “calma” celebration, but that is not what we should be discussing right now). When you support a team that has a man such as Florentino Perez at the helm, there will always be some sort of drama surrounding the place.
Even though Real Madrid have Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla, the rumors persist in regards to David De Gea joining the club. Here are my quick points on the matter so that I don’t end up over-explaining or boring anyone in the process:
- David De Gea is a better goalkeeper that both, Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla
- Keylor Navas hasn’t been given a fair chance to prove his worth and therefore deserves at least one season to show what he is truly capable of
- If De Gea arrives, it won’t be Casilla who will leave but rather Navas
- Most importantly, we should give Keylor Navas a season to show what he can do and then, if needed, we sign David De Gea next season for FREE.
Those were my quick points on the situation and it is truly something that I think Real Madrid should consider. Now, don’t get me wrong, David De Gea is a player that I would absolutely LOVE to see play for Real Madrid and there is no doubt whatsoever that he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world right now, but that does not change the fact that Navas really should be given a chance to prove himself for the club.
As for Kiko Casilla, he will be a Real Madrid player in the coming season but I don’t believe that he’s going to be the starting goalkeeper ahead of Keylor Navas and definitely not ahead of David De Gea. I’m not saying that he isn’t a great keeper but it just simply does not work that way when it comes to Real Madrid.
One thing is for sure though: The drama has not ended at Los Merengues and, as we do every single season, we will have to wait until the final day in order to see what will happen in terms of the goalkeeping situation at the club…