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Real Madrid ready to offer 24-year-old rising star a new long-term deal – report

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The situation at Real Madrid regarding goalkeepers is puzzling. While they do have Kepa Arrizabalaga at the moment, the team from the Spanish capital seems extremely disinterested in keeping him beyond the current season.

And then there is Andriy Lunin, someone who was close to leaving Madrid last summer, but has now appeared as the most reliable option so much so that Real Madrid are ready to offer him a new long-term contract given his current deal expires in 2025, reports Tomas Gonzalez-Martin via El Debate.

The outlet affirms that the Ukrainian is currently Carlo Ancelotti’s number 1 choice and the discussion within the club revolves around the fact that he deserves an important role alongside Thibaut Courtois next season.

A lot has changed for Lunin at Real Madrid

It’s nos secret that Lunin has gained Ancelotti’s trust and secured his role as the starting goalkeeper over Kepa at Real Madrid. 

Overcoming the pressures, these developments hold significant importance for the Ukrainian stopper as Ancelotti has extended his contract for two more years, until 2026, and it marks the first time, since Lunin’s arrival in Spain at the age of 19, that he truly feels recognized and valued as a key player.

Lunin has a contract with Real Madrid until 2025. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

There is a problem, but Madrid have solution 

At Madrid, the keeper is facing a tough situation with Courtois. The coach prefers Courtois, but Lunin believes he deserves more playing time. So the main question is; how many games he should play? 

Now, the management cannot guarantee a specific number, but the coach offers him opportunities in tournaments like the Copa del Rey and consistent playing time in the league and Champions League.

For now, it is certain that Kepa has lost his battle at Real Madrid and they won’t compete with Chelsea to keep him. Lunin seems to be the preferred choice and Madrid want him alongside Courtois next season. Now, it’s up to Lunin to decide.

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‘Winning is what Real Madrid demands’ – Rudiger, Vinicius, Camavinga speak ahead of UCL final

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Today happens to be the UEFA open media day at Real Madrid ahead of this weekend’s UEFA Champions League finals against Borussia Dortmund in London.

As part of the media day, Real Madrid stars, Antonio Rudiger, Vinicius Jr., and Eduardo Camavinga, spoke to the club’s official channels to discuss the upcoming match and what they are expecting from it.

Rudiger on what it means to play for Real Madrid

Rudiger, who is in his second season as a Real Madrid player, outlined what it meant to play for the club and the demands that come with it, saying:

“For me, it’s very important to have good energy in the dressing room. Playing for this club is a dream come true. I try to enjoy it and that’s why I try to show my best version.

“Winning is what Real Madrid demands. All the best players want to come here and play these games.”

On facing his former team Dortmund in the UCL finals on Sunday, Rudiger remarked: “It will be a difficult game, it’s a final. They will be very well prepared, they are very dangerous on the counter-attack and in strategic plays.

“We have to be in good shape, be disciplined and score one more goal than them. We must not underestimate any of our opponents.”

Vinicius Jr. ready for a crucial week

Vinicius Jr., who is a strong contender to win the Ballon d’Or this year, insisted that this week was one of the most important ones of the season, saying:

“It’s a very important week and hopefully we can win again. We always think about winning. Hopefully, I can score, but the most important thing is to win. It’s a unique game and we have to start strong from the beginning.

“We’ve only lost two games and hopefully we can finish the season like this.”

Vinicius, Camavinga can’t wait for the UCL final. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

On his own game, the Brazilian added: “I’ve never been afraid of losing the ball and that’s what got me here. Not every player can wear this shirt or train with these legends. The togetherness of this team makes us happy.

On facing Dortmund, Vinicius remarked: “The German players are always difficult and they are very close to me, but we’ll see what the coach prepares to do the best.”

Camavinga looking forward to the UCL final

Meanwhile, Eduardo Camavinga stated that he could not wait for the day to come, unable to contain his excitement to play in the UCL final.

“I just want it to be Saturday already to play these kind of matches. We always want more and we want to win the final. We are playing in a mythical stadium, but I just want to win,” he said.

Discussing the team’s preparation for the Dortmund encounter, he added: “We have more concentration because it’s a final. During this week we are going to do everything to prepare for the final. We have a strong team and with good players it is easier to play.

“I thank the fans for their support and we want to win the 15th for you.”

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