Following the heartbreaking news of Thibaut Courtois suffering an ACL injury which is set to sideline for almost the entirety of the season, Real Madrid are prepared to enter the market for a new goalkeeper, reports Fabrizio Romano.
Building on that, journalist Carlos Rodriguez is reporting that Chelsea star Kepa Arrizabalaga and Sevilla’s Yassine Bounou, a.k.a., Bono are options that Real Madrid will look at.
Furthermore, David de Gea, who is a free agent after his departure from Manchester United, is also an option for Los Blancos.
Ancelotti does not trust Lunin
Real Madrid have Andriy Lunin as a backup option in their ranks but manager Carlo Ancelotti and his staff do not trust the 24-year-old Ukrainian entirely.
As such, he had even been put up for sale this summer but he is likely to stay put until next year when his contract expires now that Courtois has been injured.
However, Ancelotti will explore the market for a starting goalkeeper rather than putting his faith in Lunin and the aforementioned three options are now being considered.
Three options on the table
De Gea has established himself as a legend at Manchester United and is now available for free after spending over a decade in England, with his contract expiring this summer. However, his past allegiances with Atletico Madrid might be an issue.
Kepa still has two years left on his contract at Chelsea, but could be open to the possibility of an exit considering that the Blues recently signed a new goalkeeper in Robert Sanchez, which could hamper the former’s chances of being a regular starter.
In fact, Nizaar Kinsella is already claiming that the Merengues are considering a loan-to-buy move for Kepa, but will face competition from Bayern Munich.
Bono is also under consideration given his experience in Spanish football, and it has been previously suggested that Sevilla could be open to his departure.
It remains to say which way the Merengues will finally sway, but a new goalkeeper appears certain to arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Bellingham reacts after Real Madrid 1-0 Union Berlin: “Every day I’m very grateful to be here”
Just over a month into the 2023/24 season, Jude Bellingham is already the toast of the town in Madrid.
Indeed, the 20-year-old midfield prodigy has made a sensational start to life as a Real Madrid player and the story continued last night on his UEFA Champions League debut for the club.
With the game against Union Berlin seemingly headed towards a draw, Bellingham found himself in the right place at the right time to turn home a late winner in stoppage time and send the Santiago Bernabeu into a state of frenzy.
The England international is making it a habit of scoring late winners for Real Madrid and is basking in all the admiration that is coming his way.
Following yet another match-winning performance, which led to him being named the MVP of the game, Bellingham spoke to the club’s media and said:
“It was a good win. It was a tough match, they were very well-organised at the back. It was frustrating at times, but we knew we had to keep insisting and try to find those gaps.
“We missed a lot of chances, but in the end, I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time to score.”
On his dream start to life at Real Madrid with six goals in six games, Bellingham said: “I am very happy. Every day I am very grateful to be here. I come with a smile on my face, happy to learn from my teammates and to keep winning. Winning is the most important objective here.”
“I didn’t expect a start like this. I was confident in doing things well and, so far, it’s going very well. I’ve got my feet firmly on the ground and I’m calm. I hope it continues like this,” he later added.
The 20-year-old sensation also opened up on the goal he scored last night to win it for Los Blancos against Union Berlin, saying:
“I thought I had to follow the ball, just like against Getafe. They’re not aesthetic goals, but you have to be there to score them. Now it’s my turn to take advantage of those moves, but we’re a team and we help each other with the moves. That’s key.”
Talking about the atmosphere at the Santiago Bernabeu on a Champions League night, Bellingham could not hide his joy at experiencing it as he said:
“It’s the best. I thought La Liga was going really well until I heard the noise after the goal. I’m crazy about the support of the fans. You don’t know how big this club is until you are part of it. Hopefully, I’ll be here for many years to come.”
Signing off, he had a few words about Real Madrid’s start to the season, with six wins in six games across all competitions, saying:
“It’s the most important thing. At the beginning of the season, we would have signed it. We have to maintain this level and carry this rhythm into the next game. We all have to continue with this level of play because we have a lot of games ahead of us.”