Barcelona incited down a possibility to pointer Keylor Navas in 2008, observant no large bar would pointer a goalkeeper from Costa Rica, according to his agent.
Navas’ representative Ricardo Cabanas also pronounced that Atletico and Real Madrid were among other clubs to contend no to a keeper, who was personification for Saprissa during a time.
Cabanas eventually hermetic his customer a send to Spanish side Albacete in 2010, before a pierce to Levante in 2011 and a 2014 switch to Madrid.
“I came [to Costa Rica] in 2008 after examination some videos that [Luis] Gabelo Conejo had given me and we spent a fortnight examination a inhabitant team’s training sessions,” Cabanas told Encuentro Deportivo.
“I was examination a video of a compare between DC United and Saprissa — it was extraordinary and we suspicion to myself: ‘Who’s that keeper? we was mesmerised by him.'”
Impressed by a immature Navas, Cabanas proceeded to send videos to all of Spain’s biggest clubs, though he was astounded by a miss of interest.
“I gave all of them minute reports and videos and all of them incited me down,” he added.
“One of [Pep Guardiola’s assistants] told me: ‘He’s a good keeper, Ricardo, though no one is going to pointer a goalkeeper from Costa Rica — during slightest no large club…'”
Navas has given turn Madrid’s No. 1 and has won back-to-back Champions Leagues, creation 86 appearances in all competitions during a final dual seasons.
Two years ago it did demeanour as if Los Blancos would sell him usually for fax appurtenance problems to diminish a pierce for David De Gea that would have seen Navas pierce to Manchester United.
However, boss Florentino Perez pronounced this week that a Costa Rica general has given won him round.
“The law is that we have good goalkeepers [Navas and Kiko Casilla],” he told Onda Cero when asked if a bar would lapse for De Gea this summer. “I adore Keylor Navas and a law is that, behind in 2015, we didn’t know him as we do now.”
Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.