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Real Madrid have secretly renewed 24-year-old ace’s contract until 2025, management considering new extension



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The topic of the future of Andriy Lunin at Real Madrid has been in the news of late following his impressive performances between the sticks.

The 24-year-old Ukrainian international has been at the club for over five years but has never had an extended regular run in the team.

That looked set to change this season when Thibaut Courtois ruptured his ACL just before the first game, only for Real Madrid to rope in Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan.

But a recent injury to the Chelsea loanee has once again put the spotlight on Lunin, who has excelled in the few games he has placed since last months.

Lunin’s contract expires in 2025, not 2024

It has been widely believed that Lunin’s contract with Real Madrid stands to expire in 2024, meaning that he would become a free agent at the end of the ongoing campaign.

However, according to a fresh update from journalist Jorge C Picon, it turns out that the Ukrainian goalkeeper’s contract actually runs until 2025 and not in 2024.

The update claims that Los Blancos had already executed a secret renewal of Lunin’s contract during the early years of his stint at the club.

And as such, he still have more than one year left on his deal and will not be leaving for free next summer as has been widely reported.

Making the most of his chance. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

New contract could be in the offing

Furthermore, the aforementioned report adds that the Real Madrid management is already considering the possibility of Lunin’s contract further, in light of his recent impressive performances.

If past reports are to be believed, the club’s coaching staff would rather retain Kepa on a permanent deal, but chief scout Juni Calafat prefers Lunin.

The Ukrainian ace will lose his starting berth this weekend with Kepa back fit, but is understood to be happy at the club.

Even so, there is nothing guaranteed as far as his future is concerned and a final call will be taken in the summer.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final



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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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