His reappointment promised lifelines, but a first appearance of the season for his goalkeeping son, Luca, was unprecedented.
“At the moment, there are three good keepers and we are going to finish the season with them.”
"You cannot contest four, five or six competitions with just one great goalkeeper."
With Courtois injured for three of his four games so far - the same number that Navas has started – and with his son also getting a game, Zidane’s preferred shot-stopper for next season remains unclear.
However, if Zidane is to decide on the Belgian as his first choice, Navas is unlikely to stick around, saying: “I have given everything for this club and I will continue giving it while Im here, but I dont want to spend another year like that.”
Other than an age gap of six years, there is little between Zidane’s two front-running candidates.
Navas, meanwhile, may have played just short of 400 senior games, but he was the starting shot-stopper for Zidane’s three successive Champions League winning campaigns.
With Courtois currently injured, one cannot make assumptions about who the manager prefers in the long-term, but his words certainly suggest Navas’ game time is more out of respect than preference.
That possibility is strengthened by the two promising young goalkeepers behind the more senior pair.
Elsewhere, fellow 20-year-old Lunin has also been getting his first taste of La Liga football on loan at Leganes.
He has only played five games this season, but Madrid have high hopes for a player they paid an initial €8.5 million (£9.9m/$9.5m) fee for just 10 months ago.
As for the trio who currently find themselves battling it out, they can only take the opportunities they are handed between now and the end of the season.
For now, it’s up to Courtois, Navas and Luca to make sure they do enough to avoid being part of an inevitable summer clear-out at the Bernabeu.
Source : Goal.com