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Zidane hints at possible keeper departure

25th April 2019, 13:56 by Craig Smithson

Zinedine Zidane claims it would be understandable if one of Keylor Navas or Thibaut Courtois wanted to leave Real Madrid this summer.

Zidane's return to the Santiago Bernabeu hotseat has coincided with Navas being thrust back into the first-team reckoning.

The Costa Rican was used mainly as back-up by the Frenchman's predecessors, Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, because of Courtois' arrival in a 40million euros deal from Chelsea last summer.

Zidane departed the club at the end of last season but returned to the fold last month, with the club destined to end the season trophyless.

He has since rotated both Navas and Courtois between the sticks and is likely to do so in the upcoming La Liga matches against Getafe and Rayo Vallecano.

And, with neither guaranteed to be the number one in Zidane's plans next season, he would not be surprised if one opted to look for a move elsewhere.

"I would understand if a goalkeeper asked me to leave for the next season, it could happen," he told El Espanol.

"I said recently that I had the best three, both are there and there is another young man who has a very good future.

"Keylor and Thibaut are very good, I must choose just one of course and that is a complicated thing for me when I have to choose what is better for the team."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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