Paris Saint-Germain loanee Keylor Navas left the capital club in January for Nottingham Forest as the Costa Rica international sought more playing time rather than being the backup to Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Navas went on loan to Forest to help them remain in the Premier League, as they’re currently in a relegation battle. Nonetheless, the veteran goalkeeper spoke about what attracted him to join the English club.
“I didn’t like the situation I was living in Paris,” Navas told GOAL (h/t Paris Fans). “I wanted to feel that the team wanted me. When you arrive and you are given responsibilities, and the opportunity to help, it pushed me to make this decision.
“For all footballers, playing is important. Because it’s not just our job, it’s also something we love to do. Being on the pitch is the most enjoyable time in football. And I wanted to find myself in that position again.
“I always felt in good condition to play. When I was in Paris, nobody could tell that I was causing problems, that I was not training, or that I was not working well. On the contrary, I wanted to help; I wanted to train even more and show that I could play. But unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity.”
Forest sits in 17th place, occupying the last relegation spot and with seven matches left, they are running out of time to get themselves out of their current situation.
Since joining the Premier League side, Navas has a 63.3 percent save percentage and one clean sheet through 11 fixtures. Additionally, Forest has one win, three draws and seven losses when the PSG loanee is in goal.
If Forest fails to remain in the Premier League, then the former Real Madrid star will need to reaccess his future and where he’ll play the 2023-24 season.