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Real Madrid looking for an heir to key player as club believe 24-year-old star will not continue

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What Real Madrid celebrates as its biggest successes today may well become tomorrow’s problems. The team’s current situation in goal appears set to head along the same lines.

The Merengues appeared stranded in no-man’s land when Thibaut Courtois suffered an ACL injury early in the season.

Andriy Lunin and on-loan star Kepa Arrizabalaga, however, stepped up their game and have both made strong cases to serve as the team’s starting option.

The root of a bigger issue

With three potential starting options next season, Los Blancos’ riches may well turn out to be their biggest bane. After all, it will be close to impossible to keep all three players satisfied with a regular role.

The Merengues are not expected to sign Kepa permanently next summer for a number of reasons. Andriy Lunin, meanwhile, poses a set of challenges of his own.

As revealed by AS, Real Madrid are on the hunt for a new goalkeeper, as the heir to Thibaut Courtois.

They believe that Lunin will no longer agree to continue as a backup for the Belgian international after his recent form, forcing the men in white back into the market to find a successor for the injured first-choice custodian.

Real Madrid believe Lunin could leave. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

A market opportunity?

Lunin’s great form in goal has solved many of Carlo Ancelotti’s problems this season. The youngster has outperformed even the experienced Kepa and is now a strong contender to continue as the team’s first-choice keeper this season.

A departure in the summer, however, is likely after his impressive growth for he deserves a starting spot at a top European club.

Heading into the transfer market, Real Madrid can thus hope to use Lunin’s situation to their advantage.

The 24-year-old’s contract at the club ends in 2025, giving the club some leverage over his future.

Needless to say, the men in white can hope to recoup a significant sum from his eventual transfer and invest the same in positions in need of signings.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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