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Real Madrid believe 24-year-old star could leave in search of minutes, plan to sign replacement

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It has not been easy for Andriy Lunin at Real Madrid. Signed from Zorya Luhansk in Ukraine back in 2018, the 24-year-old goalkeeper has found it nearly impossible to get minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu.

After spending his first two years away on loan at Leganes, Real Valladolid, and Real Oviedo, Lunin has been a part of the first-team setup at Real Madrid since 2020. However, in the three seasons that have followed, the shot-stopper has played just 17 times.

As such, given his lack of opportunities, according to AS, Real Madrid believe that Lunin will look to leave the club in the summer in search of more playing time. And the club are already planning to bring in a replacement for the Ukrainian international.

Lunin’s current contract with Real Madrid expires in the summer of 2024. The goalkeeper has found it hard to get minutes under Carlo Ancelotti even in cup competitions, with the manager relying on his No. 1, Thibaut Courtois at every step.

Lunin has made 12 appearances in all competitions this term, of which 11 came because Courtois was unavailable. He was handed a start as a rotation option in just one of those matches – a cup tie against Cacereno back in January.

It has been reported that the coaching staff do not trust him entirely and given the situation, it might not come as a surprise to see Lunin leave in the summer.

Should that happen, Real Madrid are understood to be already looking at goalkeepers of a similar profile who can come in and serve as Courtois’ understudy at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Apart from looking for a player on the market, there would be a possibility that the Merengues turn to RM Castilla’s Mario de Luis, who has done a solid job for Raul Gonzalez’s side this season, helping them push for promotion to La Liga 2.

As things stand, the possibility of Lunin’s exit in the summer is gaining weight and it remains to be seen if Real Madrid rope in a replacement from outside or decide to back someone from within the club’s youth ranks.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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