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Real Madrid goalkeeper won’t be eligible to win the Zamora trophy this season



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One of the dilemmas for Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid this season has been the goalkeeping position.

The early injury of Thibaut Courtois forced the club to bring in Kepa Arrizabalaga. The former Athletic Club starlet was the club’s number one for a large part of the campaign, until recently, with Andriy Lunin assuming the position.

Lunin has started five of the last six league matches for Real Madrid, keeping two clean sheets in the process.

Lunin: not eligible for Zamora trophy

Although Lunin was benched in the recent game against Alaves, it is safe to assume that the Real Madrid goalkeeper remains open and will be contested between the Ukrainian and Kepa.

However, a report from Diario AS has revealed that even if Lunin ends the season as Real Madrid’s number-one goalkeeper this season, he won’t be eligible for the Zamora trophy come May.

This is turning out to be a good season for Lunin (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

The prestigious Zamora trophy is even to the goalkeeper with the lowest ‘goals to game’ ratio in La Liga. However, in order to contest this trophy, a goalkeeper must play 28 games, with at least 60 minutes played in each game.

Lunin has featured in seven games this season so far, and if he plays in all of Real Madrid’s remaining league matches, he can only reach 27.

That means the Ukrainian international will not be able to contest for the trophy despite recording an impressive average of just 0.57 goals conceded per game this season.

To put things into perspective, Kepa has a goals-per-game ratio of 0.64. But since the Spaniard has already played 11 matches, he can potentially contest for the title if he plays just 15 more matches for Real Madrid this season.

But given how Ancelotti has left the position open this season, it is unlikely that either of these goalkeepers will be able to finish the season with 28 matches, leaving Las Palmas’ Alvaro Valles as the clear frontrunner to win the prestigious trophy.

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Real Madrid midfielder wants to follow in Kroos’ footsteps and retire at the club




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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos recently shared that he plans to retire after this season. Now, according to a report from MARCA (h/t Madrid Zone), it seems Luka Modric, another key player, might also be eyeing retirement in Madrid.

Modric, who is 39 years old, has an agreement in principle with Real Madrid to stay for one more season. However, with manager Carlo Ancelotti’s backing for both Modric and Kroos to stay, it has come down to the fact that only one will remain at the club.

Is Modric returning now? 

No, not yet. Like Kroos, Modric wants to finish his career at Real Madrid. If he wanted to retire, he would not have agreed to extend his contract.

It is to be noted that Modric is currently one of the top earners at Real Madrid, but his high salary did not align with his reduced playing time. 

Luka Modric wants to retire at Real Madrid. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Despite his wish to stay, the club was not initially keen on keeping him under such terms.

However, things have changed recently. The club is now considering renewing Modric’s contract due to several reasons. 

First, the midfielder is open to a pay cut and second, his positive influence on younger players like Arda Guler is valued. Lastly, his desire to retire as a Madrid player is a significant factor.

Interestingly, Modric has turned down tempting offers from Saudi Arabia and the MLS to stay with Real Madrid.

Throughout this season, the Croatian international has accepted his decreased playing time, although it was challenging for him given his competitive spirit and pride. 

His role might diminish further once Real Madrid find a replacement for Kroos next season, but for now, Modric will continue to be a prominent figure for the team.

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