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Real Madrid star contemplating summer exit amid Man United, Atletico interested

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Real Madrid are presently going through a great moment, having recently won the Champions League title and announcing Kylian Mbappe’s signing just a few days later.

However, other matters remain unresolved, including goalkeeper Andriy Lunin’s situation, who is not satisfied with being left out in the final against Borussia Dortmund.

Lunin is seeking a way out

Indeed, according to SPORT, Lunin is disappointed that Carlo Ancelotti benched him for the Champions League final even though he was expecting that outcome.

As such, Jorge Mendes, his agent, is looking at market options for him, with the Ukrainian goalie’s family also pushing him to look for an early exit.

Even though Lunin recently consented to a 2029 contract extension, this was back when he was a starter. With Thibaut Courtois back in the squad and Lunin being displaced in the final despite consistent performances, he is in favour of leaving now.

Lunin could leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

The report argues that Atletico Madrid have expressed interest, particularly if Jan Oblak departs the Rojiblancos this summer, while Manchester United are also looking at him.

Lunin, who has been playing well lately, was instrumental against RB Leipzig and Manchester City in the Champions League. He also had the best goals-conceded ratio in La Liga among players who have played at least 20 games.

In spite of these factors, he was sidelined for the final, partly due to flu, which affected his training and travel.

However, Ancelotti had long decided on Courtois as the starter, citing the Belgian’s exceptional form in La Liga.

Ancelotti recognized Lunin’s efforts, but in press conferences, he highlighted Courtois’ standing as the best goalkeeper in the world.

The 25-year-old is aware that if he aspires to have more play time, he may have to explore an exit because competing with Courtois looks to be out of the equation.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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