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Real Madrid concerned breakthrough star could consider exit if benched for UCL final

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While Andriy Lunin has deputized diligently in Thibuat Courtois’ absence throughout the season for Real Madrid, the Belgian is finally fit and raring to play the UEFA Champions League final.

Courtois has been gradually regaining rhythm over the past few weeks and the club believe his importance between the sticks outweighs the fact that he has missed a majority of the season.

Real Madrid fear Lunin may not appreciate sitting out final

Now, according to Jorge Picon (h/t Madrid Zone) Real Madrid are worried that Lunin’s entourage may potentially persuade him to quit the team if he does not start the final against Borussia Dortmund.

Given that the Ukrainian has established himself as a key member of the team with several notable displays in the Champions League, being relegated to the bench could rub him the wrong way.

Lunin unlikely to start vs Dortmund. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

However, Florentino Perez and the coaching staff believe the 25-year-old will stay at the club because the Euros will not allow him time to reflect.

Even though his position in the XI is under threat, the Merengues greatly appreciate his attitude and abilities and intend to renew Lunin until ‘the end of the decade.’

Lunin has come to terms

Indeed, the report adds that Lunin has come to terms with likely being on the bench for the all-awaited final, yet he is still preparing just in case.

The players have backed his bid to start, but they simultaneously believe there is only one Courtois. His heroics have saved Real Madrid innumerable times in the past, especially in the 2022 Champions League final against Liverpool.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti is tilting towards starting Courtois primarily because of his solid form as of late and Lunin’s recent inconsistencies. The Ukrainian’s illness also makes matters difficult for him.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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