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Bayern Munich eyeing 24-year-old Real Madrid rising star who could leave next summer



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Despite the popular opinion that Kepa Arrizabalaga and Andriy Lunin have taken Real Madrid’s goalkeeping position by storm, the truth remains that neither player has completely convinced the manager.

Carlo Ancelotti’s inability to make a binding preference between the two only shows that both players have their flaws, thus making them poor candidates to stay as Thibaut Courtois’ deputy next season and serve as a long-term replacement.

Kepa appears set to return to Chelsea at the end of his stint, especially considering the €25 million price tag the London-based side are asking. Lunin’s future, meanwhile, is still undecided.

The interest from Germany

Lunin turns 25 next month and is no longer the youngster he once was who was willing to fight as long as it took to make his name known in the first team. He is now a seasoned starter at the highest level and is unlikely to return to a position as a deputy once Courtois returns.

His departure in the summer is thus almost certain. According to reports from SPORT, Ancelotti does not have much confidence in Lunin as a long-term replacement. If he asks to leave in June, the management will sanction the same.

The same report goes on to add that Bayern Munich are one of the several parties at his doorstep and are interested in roping him in for next season.

With such big names on his table, his departure is almost certain.

A battle beyond Madrid

Lunin and Kepa have been fighting for a spot in Ancelotti’s dynamics for a long time this season. The entry of Bayern Munich in Lunin’s story, however, elevates their battle to the next level.

The Bavarians have been hunting for a new goalkeeper for a long time now and were in pole position to sign Kepa last summer until Real Madrid swooped him.

Come June, they will likely be following the Spaniard as well in addition to the Ukrainian star’s profile.

With both stars set to leave, the battle for supremacy at Real Madrid might end up being about who secures a move to Germany. Real Madrid and Ancelotti only stand to gain from this newly fuelled rivalry.

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Real Madrid midfielder issues fitness update ahead of UCL final – ‘It is very difficult’



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Real Madrid officially played their final game of the league season this past weekend and the focus now shifts to the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund on June 1.

The Spanish champions have the glorious opportunity to secure their 15th Champions League title this on Sunday.

But heading into this clash, Real Madrid are likely to miss out on the services of one of the key players – Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman will likely be ruled out for the UCL final due to an injury incurred earlier this month.

Tchouameni on UCL final

Speaking ahead of the final, Tchouameni admitted that it would be very difficult for him to participate in the UCL final.

“I can run, I think it is very difficult to play in this final and we have more players who can be in my position. The important thing is that we are going to win this Champions League,” Tchouameni said.

Tchouameni is certain to miss UCL final (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Frenchman added that he would try to help the team any way he can, stating, “If I can be the MVP from the bench, I’ll do it.”

Considered by many as the future of the Real Madrid midfield, Tchouameni has played a valuable role in the middle of the park this season.

His versatility, coupled with his ability to spread the play and put pressure on the opposition have served as key to Real Madrid’s success.

Although Tchouameni might not feature in this final, the player expressed his optimism about the Real Madrid team, adding, “I really want to play in this final, but I’m sure we will reach more finals [in coming years].”

Finally, Tchouameni expressed his happiness at Real Madrid, stating, “It’s an incredible feeling to be at Real Madrid.”

Formerly of AS Monaco, Tchouameni has featured in 88 competitive matches since joining Real Madrid in 2022. With Toni Kroos retiring, he is expected to play a crucial role for the club going forward, although not necessarily in the upcoming Champions League final.

Source: RMTV

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