Keylor Navas wins top awards
Sells endorsee Keylor Navas has been voted the best goalkeeper in La Liga for season 2013/14, likewise the CONCACAF Player of the Year
The Real Madrid keeper won the La Liga award at the LFP Awards ceremony for his performances with previous club Levante.
Navas was a near ever-present for ‘Les Granotes’ last term, making 37 appearances and keeping 16 clean sheets – form which he then took into the World Cup finals with Costa Rica and which, ultimately, secured a dream move to the Bernabeu.
Malaga’s Willy Caballero finished second, having kept 16 clean sheets in 37 appearances – securing a move to Manchester City in the summer.
In third place was Thibaut Courtois, who kept 19 clean sheets in his final season on loan at Atletico Madrid before his return to Chelsea.
“I want to thank God. It is a privilege to be here,” says the 27-year-old. “I want to thank my former team-mates from Levante for this award. I thank them for being there for me in difficult times and for joining me in celebration of the good times. I also want to thank my family, the ones who are there by me every day. I hope I can be here again next year.”
Navas has had to bide his time since joining Real Madrid. He made his La Liga debut in a 5-1 defeat of Elche in September but has found his appearances restricted by the form of Iker Casillas.
“I felt good in goal, calm,” he says. “I’m getting up to speed and I have to seize every minute I’m given. The season is long and I won’t give up, so I train at 100 per cent.
“No player likes to be on the bench. I practice hard every day and try to be prepared for the moment I get the chance to play.
“Hopefully I make the most of matches with the national team and return to Madrid with the same desire.”
Navas's performances at the World Cup last summer earned him the CONCACAF award, where he took top prize ahead of USA keeper Tim Howard and Costa Rica team-mate Bryan Ruiz.