Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has revealed he cried when his move to Manchester United fell through, but insists he never wanted to leave the Spanish capital.
The Costa Rica international was set to head to Old Trafford as part of a deadline day swap deal on August 31, which would have seen David de Gea going the other way, until paperwork complications scuppered the trade.
After a public dispute between the clubs over who was to blame for the debacle, De Gea has now signed a new deal at United and Navas is focused on Los Blancos.
"I cried that night when I found out I was staying, it was a build-up of emotions. I didn't want to leave, Madrid is my home," Navas told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE.
He added: "I never wanted to leave Real Madrid. My agent told me to be alert to my phone. We had to go to Barajas, although I never actually got on a plane, I was in a waiting room.
"I thought that if God wanted me to leave Madrid, it would be for the best, but he didn't want me to and I'm still here."
Southampton 2 Manchester United 3 player ratings
Southampton 2 Manchester United 3 player ratings
1/21 Southampton: Stekelenburg: 5/10
The Dutchman was not helped by his defenders, but did not have the look of a composed man. Not a worthy replacement for Fraser Forster.
2/21 Yoshida 4
Right back is not his favoured position and it showed. Produced a criminal back pass to gift Martial the opportunity to score his second goal.
3/21 Fonte 6
A leading light in Southampton's back line. The only remaining member of last season's tight knit rearguard, he is a level above the rest.
4/21 Van Dijk 5
The defender is quickly discovering that the Premier League is not comparable to the north of the border. Struggled and lucky not to be dismissed for a petulant foul on Martial.
5/21 Targett 5
Substituted at half time after struggling to contain United's forages forward on the right flank.
6/21 Wanyama 6
The enforcer was not at his best but still helped to smother plenty of United attacks. However, couldn't link to the front men as well as he would have liked.
7/21 Romeu 5
Struggled to get a foothold in the game. The Spaniard must improve if he is to fulfil his potential at St. Mary's.
8/21 Mane 6
A constant menace. Few defenders seem to have figured out how to stop him and he produced a superb assist for Pelle's second.
9/21 Ward-Prowse 6
The English youngsters boasts superb delivery from wide areas and did not disappoint. Needs to do more to cope with the physicality of the division.
10/21 Tadic 6
Encouraging early on, but the midfielder's display fizzled out somewhat. His crosses did not dip in quality but he did not have the impact that his start suggested he would.
11/21 Pelle 7
A simple tap in for the first goal, which he took well, and nodded home superbly for his second. Would have had a hat trick but for the width of the post.
12/21 Manchester United: De Gea 7/10
The safest pair of hands in the division. Exposed by his poor defence on countless occasions but still made several smart stops.
13/21 Darmian 5
Withdrawn at half time due to injury. If the Italian's absence is an extended one he will be sorely missed given the impressive start to his career in England.
14/21 Smalling 5
All at sea early on in a throw back to the dark days. Struggled to cope with Pelle's power and the fluid nature of the remainder of Southampton's attack. A dip after what has been a stellar start to the campaign.
15/21 Blind 5
Although the Dutchman is composed on the ball his lack of pace is strikingly obvious. His ability can get him our of trouble at times but his snail-like speed can be his downfall at centre back.
16/21 Carrick 5
The Englishman's strengths do not seem to sit well with Schneiderlin's. Sat deep but looked off the pace. He is far from an enforcer and his composed - but safe - patterns of passing did little to affect the game.
17/21 Schneiderlin 6
Appeared to be somewhat affected by the return to familiar surroundings. Received a bit of jib from the home crowd but still managed to pass the ball impeccably.
18/21 Mata 6
Debate continues in regards to the Spaniard's best position, though the right flank is not alien to him.
19/21 Rooney 6
Distinctly average. The skipper was deployed at number 10 and covered plenty of ground but did not provide the cutting edge in the final third that he is constantly expected to command.
20/21 Depay 6
It just isn't happening for the Dutchman. He is desperate to make something happen but his powerful runs and ability on the ball are yet to yield a final product. Struck the post in the build up to Mata's goal.
21/21 Martial 8
The teenager has answered his critics emphatically. A well-taken brace courtesy of two composed finishes had the appearance of a man with far more experience than the 19-year-old. His instant impact goes from strength to strength.
Navas joined Real Madrid in 2014 after a superb run of form at the World Cup made him a target for many of Europe's top clubs.
The 28-year-old was one of three goalkeepers short listed for the Golden Glove award in Brazil, but he found it hard to usurp Iker Casillas at the Bernabeu last season.
With Real Madrid's summer-long pursuit of De Gea it looked like he would never get a chance in Madrid, but he is now determined to make his mark - despite putting pen to paper with United less than a month ago.
"I signed the Manchester United contract on a stretcher at Valdebebas while I had my medical, but I want to write my own story at this club and win everything this season. We have things to improve, but we're on the right path," he said.
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