Navas anxious for Real move but must wait for vacancy

Costa Rica’s hero keeper Keylor Navas is getting impatient over his switch to Real Madrid from lowly La Liga side Levante.

Nevas has made no secret of his wish to join the 10-time European champions but the deal is being held up because Real keepers Diego Lopez and Iker Casillas remain at the club but both look set to move on soon.

Lopez has been linked with Napoli and Monaco, while Casillas is rumored to be on his way to Arsenal.

Until one of the pair leaves, Navas, 27, who emerged as one of the best keepers at the World Cup, must bide his time. Other players who reached the World Cup quaterfinals, such as Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane and James Rodriguez are reporting back on Friday and Navas wants to join them.

If Navas joins Real, he may have a dilemma as early as next month because from Sept. 3-13 Costa Rica are in a tournament in the United States for qualification for the CONCACAF Gold Cup finals, to be played next June.

If Navas takes part in this tournament, he will need to leave Real Madrid for three weeks, meaning it is almost certain that he would miss two league games, including the derby against Atletico on Sept. 13 or 14.

If Costa Rica qualify for the competition next year, Navas will miss a potential Champions League final for his club side, since the Gold Cup starts on June 4.