Ronald Gonzalez, who replaced Oscar Ramirez as Costa Rica's caretaker boss after this year's World Cup in Russia, said Navas asked for permission to train with the reigning European champions during the international break.
"We all know about Keylor, it is a case that worries all of us. Because of his unstable situation, he has told us that it is a suitable moment for him to stay in Madrid," Gonzalez told a news conference on Thursday.
"He wants to return [to the national team] in March for the Gold Cup. It would be the first time that he'll travel (for the Gold Cup) since he was promoted to the highest level at Madrid."
Costa Rica squad:
Defenders: Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol), Yostin Salinas (Saprissa), Ian Smith (Norrkoping), Ronald Matarrita (New York City), Joseph Mora (DC United).
Midfielders: Jose Cubero (Alajuelense), Celso Borges (Goztepe), Allan Cruz (Herediano), Dylan Flores (CSM Politehnica), Jimmy Marin (Herediano), Deyver Vega (Brann), Bryan Ruiz (Santos), Elias Aguilar (Incheon United), Randall Leal (Saprissa).
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