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Carlo Ancelotti makes decision over goalkeeper’s pick for Villarreal vs Real Madrid

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Journalist Javier Herraez has reported on Carrusel Deportivo that Carlo Ancelotti has chosen Andriy Lunin over Thibaut Courtois for their match against Villarreal at El Madrigal tomorrow. 

Interestingly, this will be Lunin’s last game of the season, as Courtois is set to play in the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on June 1.

Only a week ago, the Real Madrid manager had mentioned that Lunin and Courtois would each play one of the remaining two matches. 

“The situation is clear. We have made the decision. In the two remaining games, one will be played by Andriy and the other by Thibaut,” said the manager.

Furthermore, while he did not specify his choice for the Champions League final, he hinted that while Lunin has had a great season, Courtois’ quality is unmatched.

Courtois vs Lunin

It is to be noted that Courtois missed much of this season due to a cruciate ligament tear and a meniscus injury. During his absence, Chelsea loanee Kepa Arrizabalaga initially took over, but Lunin eventually became the starting goalkeeper. 

Since returning, Courtois has played in three La Liga matches, keeping a clean sheet in all of them. Now, Ancelotti faces a tough choice between Lunin, who is in great form, and Courtois, who brings experience and thrives in big games. 

Carlo Ancelotti needs to pick one between Courtois and Lunin for the Champions League final. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

This decision could shape the outcome of the match and potentially Ancelotti’s legacy at the club. 

The emotional factor

Furthermore, the choice is also complicated by the emotional factor since Lunin has earned his teammates’ trust and respect with his consistent performances. 

Benching him for the final could seem harsh and demoralising. On the other hand, starting Courtois might be seen as a lack of confidence in Lunin’s abilities despite his stellar season.

Most experts believe Ancelotti should start Courtois. Although Lunin has been excellent, the Champions League final is a unique challenge. 

Courtois’ experience and ability to perform under immense pressure make him the preferred choice. His skill in commanding the box, organising the defence, and making crucial saves could be the difference between victory and defeat.

For now, the world awaits Ancelotti’s decision with anticipation. Will he go with the seasoned Courtois or the in-form Lunin? Only time will tell.

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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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