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Real Madrid board impressed by 25-year-old star, contract extension on table – report

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin has a contract until 2025 and until last summer, it was unthinkable to even anticipate that there would be an extension on the table.

As it turns out, though, the Ukrainian has turned things around at Real Madrid over the past few months by not only displacing Kepa Arrizabalaga, but he has also gained enough trust of the leaders to warrant a new contract, reports MARCA.

For what it is worth, Lunin did everything quietly, staying true to his calm personality. He kept replacing others persistently and gained trust by being reliable. 

All this means the club might not need to find another goalkeeper next summer, although it is understood that what Lunin thinks about this new offer is not known.

Lunin knows the challenges ahead

Courtois is recovering from this injury that he picked last August and it goes without saying that the Belgian will regain his position as the main goalkeeper, which is fair and what everyone expects. 

Andriy Lunin’s contract with Real Madrid run until 2025. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Lunin knows this too, but it is tough for him to accept it and think about competing with Courtois again when he’s fully recovered. He wants to play regularly, to be the main guy on the team. 

He wants to do this at Real Madrid, but it is uncertain which puts a big question mark over his future. In all fairness, he has done enough to warrant a first team place, but replacing Courtois is no joke.

Real Madrid do have alternatives

Lunin’s contract with Real Madrid ends in 2025 and last summer, it seemed like he might leave, but he chose to stay. It turned out well because he became the main goalkeeper due to Kepa’s injury. 

As of today, Real Madrid believe they have good goalkeepers, especially with young talents like Fran Gonzalez and Illya Voloshyn in the youth team. 

However, for the future to be certain, they need Courtois and Lunin to stay for at least another season. But if Lunin doesn’t renew his contract, he might consider other offers.

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Man City sensation waxes lyrical over Real Madrid talisman – ‘Has a gift from God’

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Real Madrid’s collective strength this season cannot be questioned as coach Carlo Ancelotti has assembled a well-oiled side that knows little except bagging victories.

Yet, even in this formidable lineup, Real Madrid’s top scorer this season, Jude Bellingham, stands out above the rest.

The Englishman has exceeded all expectations since joining the Merengues and was once more a key factor for Real Madrid against Barcelona recently.

His last-minute winner against the Catalans saw Madrid essentially confirm their La Liga victory, as the Royal Whites maintain a dominant 11-point lead over Barcelona with seven games left to spare.

Praise from an international teammate

Now, Manchester City sensation Phil Foden, Bellingham’s international teammate and foe from last week has come out to shower praise upon the midfielder.

“I can’t believe his age. I’ve never seen anyone so mature for their age. I feel like he has a gift from God with his physique,” Foden told Mail Sport.

Not only does Foden get to witness Bellingham witness his talents in the English camp, but he also suffered at his hands in Real Madrid’s second-leg quarter-final affair against Manchester City.

A superstar in the making. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Even though the Real Madrid star did not stamp his name on the scoreboard, a moment of great poise under pressure allowed Madrid to take the lead early on.

When asked if Bellingham has ever asked for advice, Foden replied that he does not need any considering he is level-headed and has a supportive family.

“I don’t think he needs any advice, to be honest. He’s an exceptional player. He has a good head on his shoulders. I think he has a good family around him. He is someone I look at, and I don’t see any weaknesses in him,” the 23-year-old claimed.

Bellingham is flying high

In addition to triumphing over Barcelona and Manchester City with great performances, Bellingham was busy collecting wins off the pitch.

Indeed, the 20-year-old was recently awarded the Laureus Award for the Breakthrough of the Year for 2024.

With 21 goals and 10 assists for Real Madrid this season, he has become a beacon of reliability for the Merengues this season.

And the club will be relying on him heavily in the upcoming showdown with Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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