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24-year-old Real Madrid star rejected a good offer from Ajax in the summer – report



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Andriy Lunin is going through a strange season at Real Madrid. The 24-year-old goalkeeper appeared set for a greater role this season when Thibaut Courtois ruptured his ACL before the first game of the campaign.

Having played second-fiddle to the Belgian for years, Lunin appeared set for an increased role in the team only to see Los Blancos sign Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan and install him as the first-choice keeper until Courtois’ return.

But an injury to the Spaniard meant Lunin got his chance in the starting XI over the past month and he has made a major impression, leading to Carlo Ancelotti questioning his selection choices.

Lunin had an offer from Ajax

Things could have turned out quite differently for Lunin though as a report from Onda Cero is claiming that the goalkeeper had a great chance to leave in the summer.

Indeed, as per the report, the Ukrainian international had a good offer from Dutch giants AFC Ajax during the summer transfer window.

Lunin is understood to have given some consideration to the offer from the Eredivisie heavyweights, which prompted Real Madrid to look at possible replacements.

Lunin has made the most of his chances. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Ultimately, though, the shot-stopper decided not to leave the Santiago Bernabeu and stay put for another year, turning down the proposal from Ajax.

Lunin facing an uncertain future

While he may have opted to continue at Real Madrid last summer, Lunin’s future at the Bernabeu is far from secure, despite his impressive performances.

The Ukrainian is understood to have a contract with the Merengues until 2025, but with the club considering the permanent signing of Kepa, his position would become untenable.

For now, though, Lunin has made the most of his chances over the past month and given Ancelotti a selection headache between the sticks.

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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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