It’s Official: Keylor Navas Signs To Real Madrid & Our Drama Continues

4 Aug

This all went down yesterday, but I couldn’t cope with talking about it once I got home. (He’s signed a 6 year contract and will be presented tomorrow. Here’s some more info)

No doubt in my mind that Navas is a terrific goalkeeper, but…did we really need him? Nah. And of course, we already have plenty of drama surrounding our goalkeepers. 

So who is out? Well, more than likely DLo – it’s been talked about for a long time now. (Jesus is already gone – more on that shortly). I will miss him, but I’m very happy that he can go somewhere where he won’t be constantly scapegoated.  He worked his ass off for us and was a canterano – one of our own – but was treated like absolute shit by certain sectors of the RM fandom. It was incredibly unfair to someone who bailed us out in our time of need and continued to work hard for a club that he grew up at and loved. His only crime was that 2 coaches chose him over Iker. That’s not his fault. He just kept doing his job and was continually demonized for it.  I found (and still find) the comments about him absolutely disgusting. People really need to get a grip. Treating DLo like crap doesn’t make you a better Iker fan.  I swear to god, these people aren’t happy unless they have some sort of conflict at all times.  And if nothing is there, they’ll latch onto any tiny thing (real or imagined) to clutch their pearls over and blow out of proportion. There’s gotta be clear cut good & evil for them at all times when in reality, the world is a much more nuanced, gray area sort of place.

Look, I love Iker as much as the next person. He’s our captain and extremely important to us on so many levels, but honestly, do these people think that Keylor Navas was signed to sit on the bench? I can see they may be grooming him as a long term Iker replacement but I doubt he’s going to want to park his arse when he’s in his prime. I can’t imagine he would agree to that when other teams were trying to sign him post-World Cup.

Also, Ancelotti has not guaranteed Iker the starting spot. He said that Iker will start the SuperCopa and then he’d see. Not exactly a ringing endorsement. So it looks like we’ll probably have another season of this ridiculous wank ahead of us.

So, if Iker gets benched yet again, will these fans reconsider their opinion and feel remorse for all the shitty stuff they said about Diego Lopez? Probably not. They’re certainly quick to throw out the vitriol but ever so slow to admit when they are wrong. My guess is they’ll just make Navas their next scapegoat. Poor bastard. I hope he’s prepared for the inevitable backlash he’ll face.

So welcome to Madrid, Keylor. I wish you all the best and hope that you have an indestructible sense of self-worth because you’re going to need it with some of the jackals out there. (Just a suggestion: Avoid all social media, mainstream media and don’t turn on the TV until your contract is up in 2020. Trust me, your life will be a lot better that way).

– Lozil


23 Responses to “It’s Official: Keylor Navas Signs To Real Madrid & Our Drama Continues”

  1. Tatiana August 4, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    I hope that it is Casillas that will go. Not that I hate him or think that he is a bad GK, but his fans and the press will make life hell for Keylor Navas if and when he wins minutes from Iker. With Diego it would be a lot easier for all.

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 4, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

      I think that DLo would be even further crucified if Iker left instead of him. People are just so ridiculously nasty. Iker is going to inevitably have to give way to someone else, whether that’s now or somewhere down the road. It happens to everyone. It’s just a matter of time whether we like it or not. Poor Diego was never the problem. Not sure why these people can’t see that.

      • jellyace August 4, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

        Diego Lopez has been the consummate professional. He does his job well and without any fanfare, never makes a controversial statement, and is Madridista to the bone. We are lucky to have such a GK to alternate with Iker.

        I read that after Spain’s 2008 Euro win, Iker was granted a contract for life with Real Madrid. So he’s not leaving unless HE and not RM says so.

  2. drea August 4, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    I really feel for DLo, and his family too. People have even blamed his wife for being one of the press leaks, when we all know damn well those leaks started looong before they set foot back in Madrid.

    He was a warrior for the club, and yes, one of our own, and yet some idiots just couldn’t see past their obsessive fanaticism to see his worth. And I’d venture further to say that VdB could very well be included among those people. Despite Diego’s consistent first team performance, he never stood a chance at making the NT.

    As for Iker, he’s my captain and my love for him goes back a long way, but poor form is what it is. If he’s still not consistent, who will his crazy fans find to crucify next on his behalf? They’ve already got their fangs in Diego, Mou, Ancelotti, Arbi, and even Xabi. Oh Keylor, I hope you’ve got some thick skin on you.

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 4, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

      Thank you. This is exactly what I was trying to say. There’s blind faith and then there’s reality. You’re not being misloyal to Iker or Real Madrid if you are treat Diego decently, you know? JFC. Yeah, they have been ruthless with Iria as well. (I actually saw her referred to as “Lady Macbeth” more than once. How fucking OTT and delusional is that shit? People really need to calm the fuck down and find something else to do with their free time because that sort of overwrought comment is disturbing. It makes me cringe in second hand embarrassment over the tin foil hat nature of it all) It’s funny – they all scream about “AHHHH! SHE FOLLOWS JOURNALISTS ON TWITTER!” as proof that she is evil incarnate. Well, so do Sara (who is one herself) and Iker and just about every other person on the team And honestly, I’m sure that ALL of these people leak shit when it’s to their benefit, let’s be real. But to imagine her sitting there rubbing her hands with glee and speed dialing journos every 20 seconds maliciously is a bit of a stretch. You’re right, the leaks started long ago. Wonder if the stans would spin it as Lady Macbeth and her hubby knew of a potential return years ago and started the campaign for world dominance then? ::rolls eyes::

      Why do people insist on visualizing Real Madrid as the worst high school ever?

      And I’m with you, I side eyed the shit out of VdB for some of his choices. And we see how well those worked out for him.

      I saw DLo this weekend in Michigan and he looked so sad at training. I really feel for the guy. He spent 2 years as RM’s #2 under Iker, moved on, proved his worth, came back to help out his beloved club, got major shit for it (and very little thanks) and now is being pushed out for the next big thing. Yet he is looked on as the bad guy as opposed to the one getting the shaft majorly. Shameful.

  3. Anonymous August 4, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    I have seen very little hatred directed at Lopez and the most revolting stuff said about Iker and Sara. I think Lopez is an average keeper who played above his level for one season. I’ll always be grateful for that but his service in no way compares to Iker’s and he will leave the club to be first starter elsewhere for more money than he could have hoped for before his return. I think it would be better for all concerned if both keepers leave. Iker needs a fresh start and deserves far better than the abuse he’s getting. Diego is too closely associated with Mou. I think for as long as I’ve of them is there fans will remain divided but for me, poor form or not, Iker will always mean more than Diego and I don’t think that’s wrong.

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 4, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

      I don’t think it’s wrong either – I would tend to agree – but I don’t think just because Diego isn’t such a powerful symbol for Madrid that Iker is that he should be abused, discredited and constantly defamed.

      I don’t think anyone should be throwing hatred at Iker and Sara either but I’ve personally seen far less directed at them than Lopez. I can’t even log onto Twitter anymore for the abuse I see directed at him and retweeted about him (and other players). I rarely see any criticism of Iker, and I’m glad that I don’t but I just wish people wouldn’t be so nasty about other players on our squad.

      • Anonymous August 4, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

        Actually it’s interesting that social media choices can be so influential – I fully accept you see mostly anti-Diego stuff but I don’t – I see nothing but relentless abuse of Iker. I’ve unfollowed and stopped reading certain sites and yet that’s still largely what I see. I think both players are unfairly treated but I simply can’t find it in myself to feel the same about Diego as I do for Iker. I sincerely believe Diego should be thanking his lucky stars that circumstances combined to bring him to this point, where he could be on the verge of signing a major contract elsewhere. It’s a long way from riding the bench at Sevilla. I don’t hate Diego. I’m grateful for his service. But I’ll be relieved to see him go. He’s a focal point for a particularly unpleasant strain in the fanbase and I would like to see that diminish.

        • headbandsandheartbreak August 4, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

          It’s funny – I was thinking the exact same thing! It’s amazing how different a view you get depending on who and what sites you follow. I’ve been doing a lot of unfollowing and muting too because I just find it all so distasteful. Even people I like seem to be off the rails in different directions. No doubt about it, DLo got lucky, but he’s worked hard for us as well. I agree with this statement wholeheartedly “He’s a focal point for a particularly unpleasant strain in the fanbase and I would like to see that diminish.” and it’s amazing how it can fit both our positions, isn’t it? I’m not down with any of the haters, no matter which “side” they’re on. (and seriously, why do there need to be sides?) All I can do is quote Heathers at this point: “I just want my high school to be a nicer place. Amen.” 😉

          • Anonymous August 4, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

            Exactly. I realise the Dame can be said for some of Iker’s “fans”. I just personally find it harder to accept Iker going though at this point I think it’s best for him, for the fans and possibly for the club if he goes. I personally would find it very difficult if he left and Diego stayed, however, though that’s obviously just personal preference. I’m very concerned nothing will heal the fanbase now though. It’s so unpleasant.

            • headbandsandheartbreak August 4, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

              I don’t think there’s any real chance of Diego staying, but I agree, it would massively fracture the fanbase even more if he were to stay. I wonder if anything can heal it either? People are always after Arbeloa as well and now they’re starting on Xabi. But if we got rid of all the people they object to (on either side of the equation), within a week they’d find a new target on the squad. It’s pretty depressing. No one is ever happy. The pressure these players are under is enormous. There’s prestige to being at RM, but the unwanted attention? Oof. I can’t even imagine. But at least we didn’t sign Suarez. 😉 (Well, maybe then we would all have had a common enemy?)

              • Anonymous August 4, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

                I think Arbeloa is another inevitable focus. I don’t like the “cap17tan” thing and how he is promoted by the mostly anti-Iker crowd as an ideal. Equally he gets flak from Iker fans because he was seen as pro-Mou. Xabi gets this a bit too. It’s a mess. Sergio got a LOT of hate last year but that seems to have been temporarily put to bed. I just don’t like where it’s all going. It’s depressing. We’re supposed to support the team but sometimes it seems like we hate our own players and fellow fans more than our rivals ( not that I’m advocating hate!)

                • headbandsandheartbreak August 4, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

                  I’m with you. It’s petty all around. (Why don’t people fight the real enemy which is D Squared t-shirts, distressed denim and crappy haircuts? ;-))

                  But in all seriousness, these people suck the joy out of fandom. I’ve had the occasion this summer to sit with fans from all different teams, etc. and mostly we’ve talked about our love of the sport and less about the individuals. It’s refreshing and nice to set aside the partisan bullshit. It does seem like we spend more time battling each other and it’s sad.

                  I did see one particularly despicable thing leveled at Iker that was completely unconscionable to me. Someone made a comment on a picture of him and Martin at the seashore. The person made a comment to the effect of “Why don’t you drop him and see if he can float, mole.” And Iker rightly went apeshit on him. WTF is wrong with people? I’m shocked at the abuse that people regularly send directly to the players. It’s my guess (based on past experience) that if one of these players that they hate so much appeared before them, they’d probably wet their pants and ask them to sign something. Some people are only big and tough behind their keyboards. Despicable shit, IMHO. People say things online that they would never say directly to someone’s face (and in the case of these arseholes, unless they had a group behind them). Do you think they do it for the attention or are they really just obnoxious, morally bankrupt idiots? Wishing harm on a child is disgusting.

                  A lot of times I try not to post stuff like that here because I don’t want to encourage or give more attention to that sort of behavior. We’ve tried to build a level headed community here where things could be discussed in a more civil manner.

                  It’s interesting, I had a long discussion about social media with someone who used to run a huge very well known soccer blog recently. We were talking about how actual discussion has fallen by the wayside in favor of the off the cuff instant commentary and how community suffers as a result. A different sort of community forms but it’s more transient and based on FOMO as opposed to a real solid foundation for growth. There’s no accountability in opinions because everything moves so fast and is easily forgotten. People rarely take time to think something out fully and everything is knee jerk. There’s something to be said for asynchronous communication.

                  Just got to say that it’s been pleasant having this discussion with you because even though we started on somewhat different sides, we’ve found common ground. I don’t think that could have easily been achieved in 140 character snippets.

                  • Anonymous August 5, 2014 at 2:14 am #

                    Likewise, it’s great to be able to discuss thimgs civilly and I wish that there was more ofthat online. I also saw that commemt about Iker’s soon and part of what I found so disturbing a the number of people who acted as though Iker was in the wrong for reacting – as though he should simply accept such comments as par for the course and somehow it’s his duty to just take it. I can’t imagine any normal person would say such a thing to someone in realife. I also agree there’s less room these days for considered opinion. I saw the same people who spent most of the year calling for Sergio to be benched or sold turn around completely after the CL final and now after the World Cup there’s a turn back again. Opinion changes so quickly and often with little basis in reality. I often wonder if all fans overreact and freak out as much as ours. I assume so but ours seem particularly prone to it!

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 4, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

      PS I agree with you about Iker leaving – he does deserve a fresh start. Any club would be lucky to have him, including us, but I think that the endless wanking and drama can’t help but affect him. And whomever is the new keeper doesn’t deserve to be thrown to the wolves just because he signed to the club.

  4. Natalie August 4, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    Oy Vey. So now they have 3 incredible quality keepers to pick from.
    I know some clubs will envy this situation but this is more of a headache if u ask me.

    Iker is suffering from poor form (and yes, i love our captain).
    Diego was outstanding last season but he got a lot of S%*& over taking over iker
    And now Keylor, he was amazing for Costa Rica. I really hated that dutch keeper playing so dirty while he didn’t lower himself to such tactics.

    I am afraid that someone will go away on loan, and it won’t be iker.

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 4, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

      There won’t be any loans. Jesus has already been sold. DLo will be next. At this point, it’s just agreeing to personal terms.

      • Natalie August 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

        I think Mou jumped the gun a bit in getting Diego. He should have given Adan a chance. Where is Adan BTW? i know they let him go but is he playing anywhere?

        • headbandsandheartbreak August 5, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

          He’s at Real Betis now.

          • Natalie August 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

            I hope he is playing though as regular starter.

            • jellyace August 5, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

              Yes, but relegated to Segunda division.

  5. CinematiqueChic August 4, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    Maybe this is wishful thinking, and of course some people will use any excuse to act like donkey behinds, but I’m hoping this will be less fraught than the Iker/Diego situation. It was a big shock when Mou initially benched Iker, and then another shock when Iker got injured, then by the time he was ready for a return things already seemed sour between Iker/Mou/the players/the club/the fans, and then the choice to continue benching Iker – things were just SO volatile. From the perspective of someone who wanted Iker back in goal, it really seemed like he was being benched to make a point, not because it was best for the team. But now I think we all have to admit that whatever the reason, Iker isn’t performing well. So I think Navas is coming into a tricky, but still very different situation than the one Diego came into.

  6. jellyace August 4, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    I didn’t think we needed a new GK, unless RM’s strategy is to buy your opponents’ best players to destabilize them (kinda like Bayern). I peeped into Twitter and had to jump right back out with all the venom being spewed.

    Keylor Navas has had a fantastic season with Levante and with Costa Rica in the WC. He is on top of his game right now. Navas is a first rate GK and I hope all our GKs get to share in the playing time. They will have to if RM is to aim for 6 trophies.

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