July 27, 2021

PSG: the enigmatic message of Keylor Navas

It may be the start of a soap opera. This Monday, Keylor Navas, author of an exceptional season notably rewarded with the title of best goalkeeper in Ligue 1, published a sentence in his Instagram story that could be interpreted as a message to the management of his club on time where the arrival of the goalkeeper of AC Milan, Donnarumma, is made more and more precise: “Offer your absence to the one who does not value your presence”.

Keylor Navas’ enigmatic message

However, we will still have to wait to measure the meaning of this formula. This can in fact also concern his situation in selection and his relations with the Federation of Costa Rica. The player was not selected to play in the Concacaf Nations League Final Four earlier this month. An absence linked to a right shoulder injury according to his national team, but which has revived the debate on his absences, too frequent according to some. The president of the Costa Rican federation Rodolfo Villalobos was questioned on this subject Monday, denying himself to grant any “privilege” to certain players. Costa Rica is due to play in the Gold Cup in July, and it is not yet clear whether Navas will be on the trip or not. The “Ticos”, beaten in the semi-finals of the Final Four, go through a sporting crisis and have just dismissed their coach, Ronald Gonzalez.

But his timing at a time when Donnarumma’s medical examination seems to be close still calls out. PSG is currently on the verge of completing the arrival, for 5 years, of the goalkeeper of the Italian selection Gianluigi Donnarumma, 22, at the end of his contract at AC Milan. While a loan in my wake had been mentioned, Donnarumma seems to have left to stay in Paris. And therefore find themselves in competition with Navas. But Navas, who, at 34, has just extended his contract in Paris until 2024, did not expect the presence at his side of a competitor as formidable as the Italian. Until now, his perfect understanding with Sergio Rico, with whom he has even just gone on vacation to Costa Rico, had offered him precious peace of mind that he had put at the service of PSG by increasing in particular the services of very high level in the Champions League, against Bayern Munich or Barcelona.