Keylor Navas took no pleasure in helping Paris Saint-Germain thrash his old club Real Madrid, and explained the reason why he left Spain.
Navas continued his fine start to life in France by keeping another clean sheet in only his second appearance as PSG began their Champions League campaign with a stunning 3-0 victory over Real.
Admittedly, though, the 32-year-old didn’t have much to do in Wednesday’s match. Real simply couldn’t provide the PSG defence with much of a challenge, which meant Navas didn’t make a single save.
Former Los Blancos winger Angel Di Maria, meanwhile, scored twice to hand the Parisians a strong half-time lead. Thomas Meunier then added the final blow by scoring a late third goal.
But Navas, who only left Real this month, insists he took no satisfaction in helping to pile on the misery for his old employers.
“I am very happy because we won, not because we beat Real Madrid,” said the Costa Rican.
“My team-mates put in a great effort, gave their best and we won, which is really important for us.
“I have no resentment towards anyone at Real. I just want to enjoy the moment I have here at my new club. Everyone is very motivated and I will defend my new colours as I did with Madrid.
“I want to continue writing my story. The one I lived in Madrid was very beautiful. I want to be happy here, enjoy every moment and for my family to be happy, that is the main thing.”
PSG signed Navas for €15m deal on a four-year deal, which saw Alphonse Areola head to Madrid on a season-long loan agreement.
The three-time Champions League winner’s shock switch to Paris came after losing his spot in goal to Thibaut Courtois. Contrary to popular belief, however, Navas insists his main motive for a France move was down to family reasons.
When asked if he left Real because of the Courtois rivalry, the goalkeeper replied: “I did not leave Real Madrid because of that.
“I left because my family and I thought this was the best option for us. I was welcomed as if I had been here for a very long time.
“The best I can give is to defend these colours to the death, to work hard and to try to win important games.”
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) September 19, 2019