Football: Real Madrid confirm signing of goalkeeper Keylor Navas

Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas reacts after saving a penalty during the penalty shoot out at the end of extra time during a Round of 16 football match between Costa Rica and Greece at Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on
Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas reacts after saving a penalty during the penalty shoot out at the end of extra time during a Round of 16 football match between Costa Rica and Greece at Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - 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.

Sports daily Marca, which is closely linked to Madrid, reported that the club have paid the 10 million euro (S$16.7 million) 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.