Real Madrid Confirm Signing of Costa Rica Goalkeeper Keylor Navas

Updated: 04 August 2014 10:41 IST

Keylor Navas will compete with Iker Casillas for the goalkeeper's jersey in Carlo Ancelotti's side, with Diego Lopez expected to leave the club.

Real Madrid Confirm Signing of Costa Rica Goalkeeper Keylor Navas
Costa Rica's Keylor Navas saved nearly 90% of the shots this World Cup. © AP

Madrid:

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, one of the stars of this year's World Cup, has completed his move to Real Madrid from Levante, the European champions announced on Sunday evening.

"Real Madrid CF and Levante UD have reached an agreement for the transfer of Keylor Navas, who will be contracted to the club for the next six years," read a statement on Madrid's website.

The Spanish capital club added that Navas, 27, will be presented at their Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Tuesday afternoon after undergoing a medical. (Also Read: Ronaldo Hints at Manchester United Return)

Sports daily Marca, which is closely linked to Madrid, reported that the club have paid the 10 million-euro ($13.4m, £8m) release clause in Navas' contract.

Navas, who has spent the last two seasons in La Liga with Levante, was outstanding during unfancied Costa Rica's run to the World Cup quarter-finals, where they only succumbed on penalties to the Netherlands.

He will compete with Iker Casillas for the goalkeeper's jersey in Carlo Ancelotti's side, with Diego Lopez expected to leave the club.

Lopez was used by Ancelotti as his first-choice in La Liga last season, but Casillas featured in their victorious Champions League and Copa del Rey campaigns.

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