Navas backs Zidane to succeed at Real

Keylor Navas, Rael Madrid

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas believes interim manager Zinedine Zidane will be offered the role permanently at the club and achieve great things.

Zidane was appointed as a temporary replacement for Rafael Benitez, who was sacked in January, and the Frenchman has lost just one match in all competitions during his tenure so far.

However, his Los Blancos side has failed to gain ground on Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table, 12 points ahead or city rivals Atletico Madrid, who are 12 points and four points ahead of Real respectively.

Despite this, Navas remains convinced Zidane is the right man to lead the club long term and believes he can bring a lot of success to the Bernabeu.

"Zidane is showing that he wasn't just born to score the winning goal in the 2002 Champions League final," Navas told ABC. "He has every chance of achieving big things here as a coach.

"Adapting to new ideas takes time. The pieces need to slot into place. It's a mistake to take this as a race against the clock. That said, don't forget that Real Madrid always bounce back."

Their next assignment is a Champions League last-16 second leg against Roma and take a big advantage into the match having beaten the Serie A outfit 2-0 in Italy in the first leg.

"We aren't taking anything for granted against Roma," Navas added. "We're going to go all out for the win because Real Madrid know no other way. It's part of their DNA, their history and the DNA of their fans."

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