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Ancelotti delighted with the improvements shown by 24-year-old Real Madrid star

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MARCA has reported that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is delighted with the ‘new Andriy Lunin’ as he could evidently see the change in the performances of the Ukrainian against Athletic Club and Almeria.

It is no secret that Real Madrid looked for ways to offload the stopper this summer. As reported before, the team from the Spanish capital wanted the 24-year-old to leave, but the player refused to do so.

Following a season where Lunin unexpectedly claimed a more substantial role than anticipated (making 12 appearances) owing to Thibaut Courtois’ recurring physical setbacks, the consensus was that the custodian was not at the level needed and that a change between the goalposts was in order. 

Lunin now reaping rewards

However, Lunin came up with an alternative strategy, one that did not involve parting ways with Real Madrid. Despite receiving counsel urging him to seek more playing time, the goalkeeper opted to stay and honour the final year of his contract. 

For Ancelotti, this decision from Lunin has brought a sense of tranquillity. It has been accompanied by a significant transformation in the goalkeeper’s approach. 

While he chose not to heed the advice suggesting a departure, he did appear to embrace other recommendations aimed at enhancing his circumstances – both on and off the field. This alteration has not gone unnoticed, and its effects are palpable.

This evolution revolves around his enhanced dedication to team dynamics, as he actively forges stronger bonds with his fellow players and assumes a more engaged role in the team’s daily interactions beyond training sessions.

Lunin was once an unwanted player at Real Madrid (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

Ancelotti likes the new Lunin

Lunin’s transformation had been a noticeable shift even before Courtois’ unfortunate injury. However, the Belgian’s prolonged absence has further solidified this turning point for the Ukrainian goalkeeper. 

Courtois’ once unquestioned stranglehold on the goalkeeper position had created a challenge for Lunin, who now envisions realistic opportunities to contend for the coveted spot.

Admittedly, the arrival of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Ancelotti’s swift endorsement of him as the preferred choice for the starting role has shifted the landscape. 

Yet, Kepa’s profile differs from that of Courtois, and it is within this distinction that Lunin sees his chances of earning his stripes while awaiting a window of opportunity that seemed perpetually closed.

It’s worth noting that Ancelotti’s decision to field Kepa in the recent match against Celta Vigo wasn’t a reflection of Lunin’s shortcomings but rather a matter of organizational hierarchy. 

Kepa has been entrusted as the formidable successor to Courtois, and despite Lunin’s commendable response, there was no compelling reason to disrupt the succession plan.

However, Lunin could potentially reap his rewards if Ancelotti includes him in upcoming matches or uses him for the entire Copa del Rey campaign. 

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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