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24-year-old Real Madrid ace could leave the team in summer – report



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Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin was one of the antagonists during his side’s 2-4 defeat at hands of Girona. The 24-year-old stopper received the nod after it was revealed that Thibaut Courtois could not make it to the team due to gastroenteritis.

As it turns out, Lunin let in as many as four goals, with all of them coming from Valentín Castellanos. It is not to say that the Ukrainian was alone at fault. The Real Madrid defence that took the field practically laid a red carpet for Girona.

What is even more troubling is that out of 13 shots Girona managed on the evening, only five were on target and four of them ended in the back of the net. And truth be told, Lunin was not even close to saving those shots.

The 24-year-old’s performance raised questions about his continuity at Real Madrid and although his current deal runs until 2024, a recent report from Mundo Deportivo claims that he could leave the white club this summer.

Interestingly enough, Lunin was close to leaving Madrid even last summer, but eventually decided to stay put. 

Thanks to Courtois’ injuries this season, he has managed to make 12 appearances across all competitions this season, but considering his performances, especially against Girona, the management might be forced to make a harsh decision.

The claim from MD aligns perfectly with what we reported earlier today. Despite facing an uncertain future, Lunin wants to renew his contract but as it turns out, the club’s coaching staff has doubts about his capabilities.

The management is of the idea that the player has not improved on certain points despite the fact that he was walked through the areas of his weakness. 

Now, Lunin is well-liked in the dressing room and while he is aware of his shortcomings, he needs more time on the field to make improvements but Courtois’ presence will not allow him to do so.

Given his contract situation and the doubts that the coaches have, an exit in the summer could become a reality.

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Manchester City forward rejected Real Madrid after trials – ‘Good experience, but it’s in the past’



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When Real Madrid took on Manchester City last at the Etihad Stadium, they were humbled by a 4-0 thrashing that sent them home.

The game had Manchester City written all over it as the men in blue dominated from start to finish, generating almost five times as much goal threat as Real Madrid.

The final nail in the coffin on the night was delivered by a certain Argentine sensation who had been on the field for just two minutes.

Coming on in the 89th minute, Julian Alvarez found the back of the net in the first minute of added time and secured the win for his side.

Speaking to the media ahead of his team’s second-leg clash against the Merengues, the World Cup winner revealed that he was close to signing for Real Madrid in 2011 when he was still an eleven-year-old player with no professional contract.

He played a tournament in the Real Madrid colours, impressing the administration and management and doing enough to secure a deal.

However, his dream was cut short by FIFA’s rules which implied that a player under 16 could only sign for a club if his entire family moved with him. That, however, was not an option for Alvarez’s family.

“I was there for about 20 days. I was just 11 years old. To go to Spain, all my family had to move. It’s already in the past.”

Julian Alvarez scored against Real Madrid last season. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The young striker eventually signed for River Plate where he shone across all levels to earn a move to Manchester City in 2022. He now stares at another game against the club he could have represented and is determined to give his best tomorrow.

“It was a good experience but it’s in the past. Now I’m different, I’m a professional player. If we listen to what Pep tells us to do, we are going to win,” he said on his thoughts on Real Madrid.

When asked if he would like to score tomorrow against Los Blancos, the youngster did not hesitate in admitting that it would be special for him.

“Of course, I’d love to score again. Last game I was only able to play five minutes and I scored. This time I’d love to play a bit more and of course score.”

Finally, the World Cup winner spoke on Manchester City’s goal of defending the UCL title and why it was a very demanding ask from the men in blue.

“It’s going to be hard [to retain the Champions League]. Last season was hard, this season will be hard again. But we know what we have to do and we have the things to do it again.”

“We always learn, especially winning five different competitions, we learned a lot. But we always see the next game and we always focus on winning, winning, winning the next game,” he added on the team’s approach.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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