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In 2006, it is said, he turned down a move to Chelsea. Until 2009, he didn’t represent Spain. The reasoning for both is the same; Jesús Navas suffers from anxiety when it comes to being away from Seville.
His debut for Sevilla came nearly nine years ago, days after his eighteenth birthday. He’s remained a one-club-man ever since and has amassed well over 300 appearances for the Andalusians. He’s still just 26.
Within those appearances there have been plenty of assists and a handful of goals. Not to mention his ability to beat a man. All have contributed to his excellent reputation, not just in Spain but across Europe, as an excellent wide man.
But there was always something holding him back. His phobia. His homesickness. With help from Sevilla he has learnt to control it more effectively, and in 2009 he was representing his country. To be able to do this was- in his words- ‘the greatest thing’.
Since then he has won nineteen international caps and a World Cup in South Africa. More often than not he is Del Bosque’s go to guy, and his introduction on Monday night proved the difference in a tight affair against Croatia.
Jesús Navas would have been too good not to be in Poland and Ukraine this summer. Thankfully for Spain, he is.