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Real Madrid shootout hero vs Manchester city tight-lipped on future – ‘Focused on this season’

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Andriy Lunin was the star of the show as Real Madrid secured a ticket to the Champions League semi-finals after a nervy shootout against Manchester City.

After conceding the first kick, Lunin made two back-to-back saves to deny Bernardo Silva and Mateo Kovacic. His saves allowed Real Madrid to get the upper hand and the players made no mistake in capitalising on their chances.

Real Madrid ultimately won the tie 4-3 on penalties and an aggregate score of 8-7. They are set to lock horns with Thomas Tuchel’s Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.

Andriy Lunin on his performance

Speaking after the game, Andriy Lunin refused to hail his own performance and commended the team for their collective effort.

“I have nothing to say. I am not the hero or the man of the team, the hero is the team,” Lunin said (h/t MARCA).

“The whole team has done a great job. Running and suffering for 120 minutes and I didn’t do it for even five minutes.”

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A heroic performance from Lunin (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)

“I have always been working, without talking much, trying to take advantage of the opportunity that came to me and in the end, the work has its reward,” he added.

Lunin went on to talk about his strategy of staying in the middle during Bernardo Silva’s strike, which ultimately paid dividends to the Ukrainian.

“We had to risk staying in the middle on a penalty and we chose Bernardo Silva’s. And thank goodness it turned out well,” the goalkeeper reflected.

Lunin on his future

The performance against Manchester City could go a long way in further boosting Lunin’s image within the Real Madrid ranks.

This could be important, especially considering his ongoing contract situation, with the goalkeeper having to decide between moving elsewhere or prolonging his stay at the Bernabeu.

Lunin, though, remained coy on his future and refused to provide any information. “Now I am focused on this season, when it is over we will talk,” he said.

It must be noted that Lunin has received offers from other European clubs. But everything suggests he might continue at Real Madrid, with a four-year renewal reportedly on the cards.

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Real Madrid send ultimatum offer for Alphonso Davies, comfortable with three existing players

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A recent report from Defensa Central has revealed that Real Madrid are interested in signing Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich, hoping to secure the deal for a fee between €30 million and €35 million.

Currently, Real Madrid’s main focus is on their upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

As a result, they have not been concentrating much on their summer transfer plans. However, despite this distraction, their interest in Davies has been reignited, marking another step towards bringing him to Madrid.

It is said that Davies remains a key target for Real Madrid and the club is strategising to make a move for him, believing that the time and situation are on their side. 

It is to be noted that Davies’ contract with Bayern Munich ends in 2025, and there are no indications that he plans to renew it. Real Madrid are banking on this uncertainty to pressure Bayern into selling him.

Bayern ready to part ways with Davies

It is said that Bayern have made their stance clear regarding Davies: he must either extend his contract or be sold this summer. 

Davies has not yet made his decision known, although Bayern suspect he is leaning towards leaving. He hasn’t responded to their offer of a salary increase, which would pay him around €13 million gross per year. 

Real Madrid are still interested in signing Alphonso Davies (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Bayern are unwilling to raise their offer and are keen to resolve this situation quickly to plan for the next season.

Real Madrid are loving this drama

As days pass, Davies’ market value decreases slightly due to his inconsistent season, marked by injuries and patches of poor performance. 

Bayern are under pressure to sell him to avoid losing him for free later, which has led to a reduced asking price. 

Real Madrid are aware of this situation and remember Davies’ impressive performance in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals at Santiago Bernabeu, where he scored a spectacular goal.

Real Madrid are in no rush

For now, Real Madrid are aiming to sign Davies for as little as possible within the €30 million to €35 million range. 

They are in no rush since they already have two capable left-backs in their squad—Ferland Mendy and Fran García—and are considering buying back Miguel Gutierrez. Thus, securing a new left-back isn’t an urgent need for them.

Nonetheless, Real Madrid are committed to acquiring the Canadian star. Their scouting team has long recommended him, and negotiations have been ongoing since last summer. 

There is already a verbal agreement between Davies and Real Madrid, indicating that the club’s interest is serious and well-planned.

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