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Real Madrid icon offered himself to the club in the summer, but was shot down

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Thibaut Courtois’ injury before the start of the season left the alarm bells ringing at Real Madrid. The club had after all lost one of their key cogs for the entire season with no equal replacement in sight.

Andriy Lunin did well to cover for the Belgian in the opening match days, but the management opted to scout the market for available options.

Their top choice was Yassine Bounou, but Los Blancos eventually signed Kepa Arrizabalaga who has done well in between the sticks so far.

The third name

According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid had no dearth of options on the market during their hunt for a goalkeeper in the summer.

The sporting department was overwhelmed by approaches from various agents, one of whom was the representative of Keylor Navas.

The former Real Madrid shot-stopper hoped to capitalise on Los Blancos’ situation to pioneer a return home and a reunion with his friends in the dressing room.

After all, Navas is a big part of the club’s history for his role in the three UEFA Champions League titles between 2014 and 2019.

Navas moved to PSG in September 2019 and made a strong start to life in France. However, he has quickly fallen behind in the pecking order in recent seasons and is currently behind both Gianluigi Donnarumma and Arnau Tenas.

Real Madrid, however, did not heed to the player’s approach. Without entertaining the same, they continued their pursuit for a younger and more in-form option that they eventually found in Kepa.

Keylor Navas wanted to return to Madrid in the summer. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Impending uncertainties in goal

Real Madrid currently have two of the most in-form shot-stoppers competing for a starting role under Carlo Ancelotti.

Both Lunin and Kepa have been phenomenal this season, with the former narrowly edging the Spaniard statistically.

Heading into next season, however, there will once again be uncertainty in goal for Los Blancos – both in the short and long term.

In the immediate future, Real Madrid are on the lookout for a new backup to cover for Thibaut Courtois next season. After all, the Ukrainian star will no longer settle for a bench role after his impressive form this season and Kepa is set to return to Chelsea in June.

In the longer term, the Merengues are secretly looking for a player who can replace Courtois by 2026. Academy players have also been considered, and it remains to be seen how that race develops.

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Real Madrid star unlikely to travel to London with the rest of the squad

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Real Madrid will be on their way to England this Thursday as they gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The players and the staff will be on a flight to London tomorrow to prepare for the clash at Wembley.

However, according to a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin might not travel with the rest of the team tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper has not trained for three days in a row after coming down with the flu.

Lunin has overcome the flu, but he still has the virus and there is still a chance he could be contagious.

Lunin will not travel with the rest of the team. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid, aware of the importance of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, are considering leaving the Ukrainian behind to avoid any possible contagion ahead of the Champions League final.

The goalkeeper will likely not travel with the rest of the expedition to London on Thursday and will fly alone on Saturday to avoid the risk of infection.

On Thursday, Lunin will undergo another check-up and, depending on the viral load, he could even travel on Friday. But it seems impossible for him to travel with his teammates.

It has already been suggested that Lunin would be making way for Thibaut Courtois in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The likelihood of that has increased following the events of this week.

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