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Real Madrid set to award contract extension to 23-year-old ace – report

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Real Madrid have never been a club to gift contract extensions to their players. Only hard work and good performances can assure a player of a secure future at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The most recent example includes that of Marcelo, who left the club after not receiving a renewal offer, and Marco Asensio, who seems set to depart the club in less than a year.

According to reports from MARCA, Los Blancos’ backup goalkeeper Andriy Lunin has earned the club’s trust. Real Madrid are working on a contract extension to see him at the club for the foreseeable future.

Ancelotti’s side picked up the player from Zorya Luhansk in 2019 for a nominal fee of €11 million. The Ukrainian international signed a six-year deal with the Spanish side and committed his future until 2025.

His role in the team was largely restricted to the bench last season, but he made good use of the minutes he received. His performance against Cadiz, in particular, caught the attention of scouts across the globe.

On the night at Estadio Ramon de Carranza, Lunin made six saves, including five from inside the box. He also saved a penalty in the second half to rescue his team from a tricky situation.

With Thibaut Courtois only 30, Lunin could spend a few more seasons without much prominence.

Needless to say, clubs across the globe will look to use that point to lure him away from Madrid. At the same time, Los Blancos will not want to lose out on such a talented youngster.

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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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