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Real Madrid star set to sign new contract until 2028, talks in final stages



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In a major update, Real Madrid and Andriy Lunin are close to finalising a new contract agreement, reports The Athletic.

Lunin, 25, has enjoyed a fine season this time out, stepping up in a huge way in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, who has missed the entire campaign due to knee injuries.

The Ukrainian international’s current contract with Los Blancos was set to expire in 2025 and following his breakthrough performances the club have been eager to tie him down to a new deal.

Lunin, for his part, has also shown a willingness to continue even though his future was far from certain at one point.

Now, it is being claimed that Lunin will indeed sign a new contract with Real Madrid which would keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu until the summer of 2028.

Lunin close to renewal. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

As per the report, Lunin and Real Madrid are in the final stages of the negotiations and everything seems primed for the 25-year-old goalkeeper.

As part of the deal, the shot-stopper will also be handed an improved salary by the La Liga champions-elect.

Making the most

Lunin signed for Real Madrid from Zorya Luhansk back in 2018 but was farmed out on loan in the initial part of his spell in Spain.

The goalkeeper had to wait until 2021 for his competitive debut and was only given an extended run last season when Courtois was sidelined.

The goalkeeper once again got his opportunity this season when the Belgian suffered an ACL injury before even a game was played.

Lunin completely capitalised on his chances, even edging out Kepa Arrizabalaga, on loan from Chelsea, to become the No. 1 in goal for Real Madrid this term.

And his performances are now set to be rewarded with a new and improved deal.

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Real Madrid identify two major areas of threat from Borussia Dortmund




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The players in the Real Madrid dressing room are well aware that they are considered the favourites for the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

According to journalist Jorge Picon, the team’s performance in the final stages of the season has boosted their confidence and everyone in the squad believes they have a great chance of winning the final.

Despite this, though, there are some concerns about one player and two potential threats from the opposition. 

Now, Real Madrid are good at handling the pressure that comes with being the favourites, but they know that Dortmund are a team that cannot be underestimated.

Real Madrid aware of the threat Dortmund pose

This confidence, however, does not translate into arrogance. Real Madrid understand that Dortmund have the ability to cause them problems. 

To address this, manager Carlo Ancelotti must focus on two key challenges: dealing with offensive transitions and defending set pieces.

Dortmund are not a team that exert high pressure on their opponents, but they are very dangerous on the counterattack. 

Borussia Dortmund are very dangerous in set pieces. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

They play a direct and vertical style of football, relying on quick, few-touch plays to move the ball up the field. Instead of building play slowly from the back, they often utilise Mats Hummels’ ability to make precise long passes to players running behind the defence.

In terms of set pieces, Dortmund pose a significant threat with their tall players, as Niclas Fullkrug, Mats Hummels, and Nico Schlotterbeck are all over 1.90 meters tall, making them dangerous targets during corner kicks and free kicks.

Dortmund’s forwards are quick

Speed is another factor that Real Madrid need to be wary of. This is because Karim Adeyemi is a particularly fast player who can break through defensive lines with his runs. 

He usually plays on the wing and can switch sides with Jadon Sancho, but Adeyemi is considered Dortmund’s main offensive weapon due to his pace and ability to exploit spaces. 

While Sancho is also a skilled dribbler who can take on defenders one-on-one, Real Madrid has two reliable full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who will be tasked with stopping him.

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