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Real Madrid preparing contract extension for 25-year-old breakthrough star

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Real Madrid have only recently come off one of the best Champions League campaigns of all time, lifting the ‘big ears’ during the 2021/22 season defeating PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Liverpool on their way. 

However, last season the Spanish capital outfit could only muster up a Copa del Rey win while Barcelona won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, with Madrid the runners-up in both competitions. 

After the hiccup last season, Madrid seem to be on their way back this campaign. Not only are they the runaway leaders in La Liga, but have also already mustered up a title in the Spanish Super Cup, defeating none other than Barça, themselves. 

And they plan to go well and beyond starting next season, and are already planning a huge summer transfer window for the same. 

Reports today had already claimed that Madrid are monitoring Trent Alexander-Arnold’s situation at Liverpool, who is out of a contract in 2025. 

Alongside that, Madrid plan to have a positively hectic schedule with transfers scheduled for Alphonso Davies and Kylian Mbappe. 

Lunin to be rewarded soon

Fabrizio Romano, on his Here We Go podcast, has claimed that Madrid are also preparing a contract extension for goalkeeper Andriy Lunin. 

The Ukranian has filled in for the injured Thibaut Courtois this season, who tore his ACL during pre-season and was ruled out for pretty much the entire season. 

While Kepa Arrizabalaga was brought in to cover for the Belgian on loan, Carlo Ancelotti eventually decided on using Lunin over the Spaniard, who will return to Chelsea in the summer. 

Courtois’ tricky situation

Real Madrid are understandably worried about Courtois’ situation after he picked up an injury in his other knee this week. This will rule him out for another two months after surgery, clouding his 2024 Euros participation. 

Back-to-back knee injuries at the age of 31, as a goalkeeper no less, makes Courtois’ situation extremely tricky, putting his entire career under doubt.

At the same time, Lunin has already done more than enough to warrant a new deal at Madrid after his clutch performances this season. 

His current deal expires in 2025, and will likely be offered a renewal worth two-three years. 

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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