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Real Madrid identify three potential replacements for exit-bound 24-year-old star

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According to a report from AS, Real Madrid could be preparing for more exits this summer, having already parted ways with several players such as Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Eden Hazard, and Mariano Diaz.

Out-of-favour right-back Alvaro Odriozola is one of the players who could leave in the coming weeks, amid interest from Basque outfits Athletic Club and Real Sociedad.

And another player who could be on his way out before the next season starts is backup goalkeeper Andriy Lunin.

The 24-year-old Ukrainian international has been at the club for five years, but has found game-time extremely hard to come by thanks to Thibaut Courtois’ imperious displays in goal. As such, Los Blancos believe that the goalkeeper is likely to depart in search of regular game-time.

In preparation for Lunin’s potential departure, Real Madrid plan to bring in a seasoned campaigner who can provide cover for Courtois and be okay with being the second-choice shot-stopper at the Santiago Bernabeu.

To that end, AS claims that the Merengues have already identified three potential candidates as replacements for Lunin, which includes two former academy prospects from the Spanish capital outfit.

The three players being lined up as replacements for the Ukrainian by Real Madrid are David Soria of Getafe, Fernando Pacheco of RCD Espanyol, and Stole Dimitrievski of Rayo Vallecano.

Soria, 30, spent several years at Real Madrid before leaving for Leicester City in 2012. He had a stint at Sevilla before signing for Getafe in 2018. However, his time at the Madrilenian outfit could be coming to an end, with some reports even suggesting that he has agreed personal terms with Los Blancos.

Pacheco is another player who spent time at Real Madrid, having come through their academy ranks. The 31-year-old left the Merengues in 2015 and had spells at Alaves and Almeria before signing for Espanyol in January earlier this year. However, following their relegation he could follow teammate Joselu to Real Madrid.

Finally, Dimitrievski is also an option for the Spanish capital giants given that the 29-year-old’s current contract with Rayo Vallecano expires next year.

A report from MARCA highlights that Real Madrid could bring in a new goalkeeper even if Lunin decides to stay, which would push the Ukrainian to the third-choice slot. It remains to be seen how the record European champions restructure their goalkeeping department.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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