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Real Madrid set to hold talks with 23-year-old star over a new contract – report

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Andriy Lunin could not have asked for more heading into the new season. After all, it is not every day that a backup goalkeeper in any team gets minutes under his belt regularly, let alone at a club like Real Madrid.

Thibaut Courtois is quite comfortably placed as the team’s first-choice shot-stopper and there is no displacing him given his rampant form and consistency. Yet, that takes nothing away from the Ukrainian who has been a solid backup since Courtois’ injury.

According to reports from AS, Lunin’s contract with Real Madrid ends in the summer of 2024 and he will have a meeting with the club to decide if he will continue at the Bernabeu or look for new pastures. At the moment, the player is happy with his role in the team and is open to a contract extension.

Yet, at just 23 years of age, Lunin has his best years just around the corner. Surely, he will not like to spend his prime years on the bench, even for a club of Real Madrid’s stature.

He has started five games for Los Blancos so far this season, all of which came after Courtois was diagnosed with sciatica. In his 450 minutes, the youngster has conceded only four goals and kept one clean sheet. Moreover, he has saved 75% of the shots he faced.

With his impressive displays at the highest level, there will certainly be interest in his services from across Europe. It remains to be seen if Lunin pays any interest to the other parties, but he is focused on Real Madrid for now and renewal seems likely too.

The Ukrainian international will start for Real Madrid against Elche later tonight. However, with Courtois’ return imminent, his minutes could soon get slashed down.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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