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21-year-old Real Madrid youngster’s renewal up in the air, negotiations ongoing – report

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Real Madrid have experienced an influx of talent from the youth squads, with considerable success in the lower divisions.

Rafa Marin is labelled as one of the club’s brightest prospects and is seen with great potential for the future.

According to Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, renewal talks for Marin, whose contract expires next year, are still in progress. The defender has consistently stated that staying is his top objective, but anything can happen. His renewal is up in the air as things stand.

Reports earlier this year claimed the player is willing to continue fighting for a place at his boyhood club amid interest from several English powerhouses.

There have been several top clubs who have shown an interest in the 21-year-old centre-back. Chelsea, for one, have been listed as a potential suitor in the past. However, Marin has insisted that he wishes to continue in Madrid.

Now, it seems that, while talks for the talent are underway, a departure cannot be ruled out, especially if a big side from Europe comes knocking.

Marin attended many Spanish clubs’ academies before joining Real Madrid six years ago. The 21-year-old advanced quickly through the ranks and broke into the Castilla outfit in 2021.

Since that time, he has consistently played at the back for Raul Gonzalez’s side without getting a chance to play for the first team. He has been key to Castilla’s run to the promotion playoffs this season as they are just one win away from securing a bump up to La Liga 2.

Competition in the senior setup is something that may deter Marin from renewing, but if he accepts continuity, the likelihood of him achieving first-team football eventually may not be a distant reality.

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Real Madrid €25 million-rated ace receives offer from Arsenal – report

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is at a crossroads in his career, with several offers on the table, including one from Premier League club Arsenal, according to a report from Diario AS

It is understood that Lunin has grown tired of playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois at Real Madrid and he feels that his performance last season warrants more playing time and equal opportunities. 

Although he will start training with Real Madrid today, it does not guarantee his future at the club.

Real Madrid, on their part, have offered Lunin a contract renewal, which he has yet to respond to. The club has proposed a renewal that would extend his stay until 2029, but the 25-year-old is still unsure about committing.

However, his hesitation is fueled by advice from those close to him, who encourage him to seek opportunities outside of Real Madrid. 

The situation is complicated

Lunin’s situation is complicated. Despite having a contract that runs until 2025, he has received numerous offers, some quite attractive, such as the one from Arsenal. 

Arsenal are interested in signing Andriy Lunin. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

However, Lunin remains undecided about his next move. His uncertainty is understandable given the setbacks he has faced, such as Courtois securing the starting position in crucial matches like the one at Wembley in the UEFA Champions League final. 

Lunin had shone in games against Leipzig, Manchester, and Munich, earning praise for his performances, yet he still finds himself in Courtois’ shadow.

The dilemma Lunin faces is significant, as his decision will impact several stakeholders. If he decides to leave Real Madrid, the club will need to find a replacement, with Kepa Arrizabalaga being a potential candidate

On the other hand, if Lunin chooses to stay, Real Madrid have no plans to alter their treatment of him.

For now, everyone is eagerly awaiting Lunin’s decision. His future is hanging in the balance, with the potential to shift the dynamics at Real Madrid and affect his career trajectory significantly. 

Will he stay and continue to fight for his place, or will he seize a new opportunity with a different club, perhaps in the Premier League? Only time will tell, but one thing is clear: Lunin’s next move will be a pivotal moment in his career.

*Player valuation in title obtained from transfermarkt.com on date of publication

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