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Real Madrid not convinced by 23-year-old star’s progression, could replace him in the summer



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Andriy Lunin has found it hard to get regular game-time at Real Madrid. The 23-year-old goalkeeper joined the club from Zorya Luhansk in the summer of 2018 and spent time away on loan at Leganes, Real Valladolid, and Real Oviedo.

The Ukrainian international has been at the Santiago Bernabeu since the summer of 2020, but Thibaut Courtois’ supreme form has meant that Lunin has had to warm the bench regularly. Indeed, to date, Lunin has played just 12 times for Real Madrid, in which he has only three clean sheets.

The 23-year-old got a few matches earlier this season in the injury-enforced absence of Courtois. While he did put in a few commendable displays, it seems like manager Carlo Ancelotti is not entirely convinced of his abilities.

The Italian tactician opted to replace Lunin with Courtois for Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey Round of 16 clash against Villarreal earlier this month – a decision that is understood to have left the Ukrainian surprised.

Now, according to journalists Manuel Amor and Alfredo Matilla (h/t Sergio Santos), Real Madrid are not entirely convinced about Lunin’s development and progression and could look to replace him in the summer.

Lunin’s contract with Real Madrid runs until the summer of 2024 and he has been keen on staying put. But the recent developments could force him also to reconsider his stance on his future, especially if Ancelotti stays at the club.

The 23-year-old believes that he did perform well in the matches he has played this season and the feedback he has received from his peers has also been positive.

However, it seems like Ancelotti and his staff do not see things the same way and if the Italian remains in charge of the team beyond the ongoing campaign, Lunin could be shown the exit doors come summer.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash



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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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