Although Sergio Ramos faces a tough welcome any time he returns to his former club Sevilla, Jesus Navas has admitted that he hopes the situation is resolved one day.
His decision to leave his boyhood club for Los Blancos still rankles at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, well over a decade on.
Navas sat down with MARCA to discuss that situation, Wednesday’s showdown with Real Madrid and a host of other topics.
Almost 15 years ago, on November 23, 2003, you debuted with Sevilla. We are in 2018 now…
“The years have passed very quickly. I enjoy playing so much that everything happens very fast. The truth is that I’m very happy with everything I have achieved and with the dream that I have to continue achieving my goals. This is what motivates me every day.”
Do you reflect on your journey? If you watch past videos, games or finals?
“In the future I will look at it but now, I’m focused on each game, then the next one and so on.”
What has changed in Jesus Navas over all these years?
“The experience on the field. I know when I should make a certain play or choose a better option. Those situations are ones you know much better after so much time and helps you to be a better player.”
What do you think of the new coach?
“He’s very good. He has very clear ideas, he knows what he wants. We are carrying out what he asks of us better every time and that is showing on the field. It is very important.”
Your old coach Joaquin Caparros is in a new position. Does he still work with you?
“He likes to motivate us. We are all involved and want to get 100 percent out of every encounter.”
Next up are a Real Madrid side who are in form, although in Seville they usually struggle.
“When we play at home, the team has to go all out trying to win no matter who the opponent is. Whoever comes to our ground will have a very difficult time of it.”
What do you think of Madrid’s change in style under Julen Lopetegui?
“In the end, Madrid are always going to be there and strong because they have players of high quality who can create danger whenever you face them because they are world class.”
It is another battle against Marcelo. Perhaps number 1,001…
[Laughs] “Yes, we have faced each other many times. He’s a great footballer, like all of those at Real Madrid and it will be a fun, even duel.”
As always, Madrid arrive with your friend Sergio Ramos in their ranks.
“I’m very fond of him because I’ve experienced so many great moments with him, both here since I was a child and with the national team. We are in contact because he’s a friend who is always with me, he calls me and together we talk frequently about things.”
Dani Ceballos said in an interview with Radio MARCA that Sergio gets very mad in the dressing room when he loses against Sevilla. Is he still very much a Sevillista?
“Honestly, yes he is, he has been since childhood. He was brought up here and is aware of everything that happens to us at Sevilla
Will the day come when he receives a quiet reception?
“They are delicate situations. Hopefully, one day everything will be resolved.”
You have three years left on your contract and have almost reached 450 official games. Will you get to 500 or 600?
“I don’t think about that. I want to get into the Champions League and don’t think about anything else.”
What are the team’s objectives? Trying to get fourth place?
“That and the Europa League. We are a team that have to be there and go as far as possible and then fight to be playing in the Champions League again.”
After the Copa del Rey and Super Cup finals, do you have a title in your second spell at the club in your sights?
“Yes I want to win another title with Sevilla. I have that dream and want to fight for important honours with this club.”