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Nerveless Navas Announces Himself

Jesus Navas has come of age.

The Spain star is one of the last remaining old school wingers, and his after-burners have long been coveted across Europe’s top leagues.

But he has notoriously suffered from panic attacks at the thought of leaving his comfort zone in Sevilla, and so for years the 27-year-old’s career seemed destined to stagnate.

But the past few seasons have been good to Navas. He is a world and European champion with Spain, and has just secured a big-money move to English Premier League heavyweights, Manchester City.

City’s scouts need not have researched hard to find evidence of Navas’ footballing abilities.

But question marks remained over the strength of his mental state, considering his anxiety-ridden past.

But last night in Brazil, Navas proved that he is now a nerveless man of steel, by stepping up to score the penalty that sent Spain into the final of the Confederations Cup.

La Furia Roja’s struggle with Italy had been an epic knockout clash for the ages, with both sides having the  chances to book their ticket to face Brazil on Sunday.

As it happened, 120 minutes of play and 13 nerve-wracking penalties were need to separate Europe's finest, with Navas the author of the decisive statement.

It could be the moment that makes Navas into a superstar, and he was pleased for himself and his country in the wake of his telling contribution.

"I was really confident in myself and in the team," Navas told fifa.com.

"At that moment, I didn't let anything cross my mind because I was so certain what the objective was.

"And, fortunately, I managed to achieve it. We were mentally strong and that's what made the difference."

Navas will be competing against his national team-mate, Cheslea’s Fernando Torres, in the Premier League next season.

El Nino knows it will be a challenge against the talent winger, and is glad they are on the same team at the Confed Cup.

"The confidence he showed in taking that penalty matches the confidence we all had in him," Torres said.

"After everything that he's had to go through, he's gone on to become a player who's mentally very strong.

"I'm happy for him, he's an important part of this generation of players and I'm glad that he's the man of the hour."

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