Keylor Navas enjoying veteran role in PSG's locker room

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With his contract set to expire in June 2024, Keylor Navas has chosen to honor his final year at PSG, embracing a new role in the Parisian locker room.

As the oldest member of the squad, Luis Enrique expects the Costa Rican goalkeeper to share his wealth of experience with all his teammates, which the South American has seemingly taken on gladly.

Keylor Navas opted to stay with PSG this summer after a six-month loan at Nottingham Forest last season despite interest from Italy, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.

Navas is currently serving as the backup to Gianluigi Donnarumma, who holds the starting position in both Ligue 1 and the Champions League.

While playing time may be elusive at the moment, Luis Enrique values the depth in all positions. Despite not being in the spotlight, the Spanish coach has bestowed upon Navas a new role within the team.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, the three-time Champions League-winning goalkeeper is seen as "an exemplary figure" in the Parisian squad, and his experience is expected to be "invaluable during crucial moments" for PSG as the season progresses.

In the midst of the squad's regeneration and rejuvenation this season, the 36-year-old Costa Rican is fulfilling the role of a "captain without armband," as described by the Spanish media.

Serving as the dean of the Parisian locker room, Navas provides leadership that is doubly significant given the age disparity within the team.

For instance, Warren Zaire-Emery, who is now vying for a starting position, is merely 17 years old, while Bradley Barcola and Goncalo Ramos, at just 21 and 22 years old, look up to Navas as a seasoned veteran that can help them guide their careers.