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24-year-old Real Madrid star open to renewing contract, but no offer made yet

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Real Madrid have found two heroes through the injury of Thibaut Courtois this season. The Belgian international may well be the team’s best goalkeeper, but both Kepa Arrizabalaga and Andriy Lunin have stepped up in his absence and made the goalkeeping position their own.

Of the two, it is safe to say that the Ukrainian star has been the bigger revelation. As a member of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad even before Kepa arrived, it is clear that the management did not see him as capable enough to fill Courtois’ shoes.

Six months into the season, however, he is arguably the more in-form of the two players and even started the Spanish Super Cup final against Barcelona ahead of his Spanish counterpart.

A renewal on the cards?

After witnessing the Ukrainian starlet’s incredible performances this season, many in the Real Madrid administration believed it to be impossible for him to stay at the club beyond the summer.

After all, his performances warrant a start for a top European club which will not be possible at Real Madrid after Courtois’ recovery.

According to reports from Mario Cortegana, however, sources close to Lunin confirm that the player is willing to renew his deal with Los Blancos and is waiting for a move from the club’s side. Yet, he still does not have an offer from the administration on his table.

His contract with Real Madrid runs out in the summer of 2025, and a departure was always seen as the most probable outcome. His stance of renewing for the club, however, could change everything for Real Madrid.

Ready to renew. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

The first choice

Carlo Ancelotti has had the dilemma between Kepa and Lunin for a long time now. After all, both players have been exceptional in their own way with a healthy battle among them.

Earlier this month, it came to light that the Italian manager had developed a clear demarcation of roles for the duo.

As part of the new system, Lunin will be the team’s primary goalkeeper in both La Liga and the UCL while the on-loan star takes over duties in the Copa del Rey.

The youngster is thus Ancelotti’s first-choice goalkeeper as it stands and is well-placed to land himself a renewal at the club of his dreams.

While he understands that he may be forced back into the shadows next season, his insistence over a renewal only goes to show his confidence in his ability to fight the mighty Courtois for a starting spot.

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Real Madrid captain drops future hint – ‘Sometimes circumstances aren’t right to be a one-club man’

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Real Madrid are just days away from their highly anticipated Champions League final showdown against Borussia Dortmund.

Once the final has been played, planning for the summer transfer window will be in full swing, with the topic of arrivals and departures likely to be discussed.

One of the players facing an uncertain future is Nacho Fernandez. The Real Madrid captain has yet to disclose his future ambitions, despite nearing the end of his contract.

Nacho opens up about future

While he previously claimed that he had already made his decision, a shift in tone can be observed now, with Nacho asserting that he will soon sit with the club and his family to evaluate the best course of action

For now, the 34-year-old remains focused on the Champions League final and does not wish to draw any unnecessary attention.

“Future? The focus is on the final now. After that, I will sit with the club, Ancelotti and my family and I’ll decide what’s the best thing for me,” he told El Chiringuito.

On his way out? (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

Fernandez acknowledges the fans’ support

Additionally, the veteran centre-back claimed that he does need a grand farewell to know how much the Madrid faithful appreciate him.

“That love the fans have for Toni is the same they have for me. I don’t need a farewell to know the fans love me,” he reflected.

Nacho has devoted his entire career to Real Madrid, rising through the ranks from the youth academy and spending over two decades with the Merengues.

However, he has alluded to the possibility of perhaps donning the colours of a different jersey.

“Sometimes the circumstances are not right to be a ‘one club man’,” he cryptically claimed.

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