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Real Madrid unlikely to sign Chelsea star in permanent transfer next summer – report



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Real Madrid were cast in a quandary just before the start of the new season as their first-choice goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, ruptured his ACL, getting ruled out for almost the entire season.

Even though the club had Andriy Lunin at their disposal, they opted to go out and sign Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan from Chelsea for the 2023/24 season.

And soon enough, manager Carlo Ancelotti installed the Spanish international as his preferred option in goal, relegating Lunin back to bench-warming duties.

Kepa, despite showing some positives, was not always convincing enough though and an injury to him put Lunin back in the spotlight.

And the Ukrainian international made the most of his chance, forcing Ancelotti & co. to question their decision of slotting the on-loan star as the No.1 candidate.

Kepa permanent deal unlikely

As such, with Lunin showcasing his quality when given an opportunity, Real Madrid are unlikely to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga permanently at the end of the season, reports ESPN.

Even though the Spaniard is starting today against Alaves, the fact that Ancelotti has gone from using him as the undisputed starter to rotating him with Lunin in recent games indicates the growing confidence from the staff in the Ukrainian star.

Furthermore, with still over a year left on his contract, having executed a secret renewal, there is no risk of Real Madrid losing the 24-year-old for free at the end of the current season either.

Kepa, for his part, has made no secret of the fact that he would prefer to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond his loan tenure.

But with Lunin’s growth in recent weeks has meant that a permanent transfer for the Chelsea ace stands as unlikely at this point.

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Real Madrid midfielder issues fitness update ahead of UCL final – ‘It is very difficult’



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Real Madrid officially played their final game of the league season this past weekend and the focus now shifts to the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund on June 1.

The Spanish champions have the glorious opportunity to secure their 15th Champions League title this on Sunday.

But heading into this clash, Real Madrid are likely to miss out on the services of one of the key players – Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman will likely be ruled out for the UCL final due to an injury incurred earlier this month.

Tchouameni on UCL final

Speaking ahead of the final, Tchouameni admitted that it would be very difficult for him to participate in the UCL final.

“I can run, I think it is very difficult to play in this final and we have more players who can be in my position. The important thing is that we are going to win this Champions League,” Tchouameni said.

Tchouameni is certain to miss UCL final (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Frenchman added that he would try to help the team any way he can, stating, “If I can be the MVP from the bench, I’ll do it.”

Considered by many as the future of the Real Madrid midfield, Tchouameni has played a valuable role in the middle of the park this season.

His versatility, coupled with his ability to spread the play and put pressure on the opposition have served as key to Real Madrid’s success.

Although Tchouameni might not feature in this final, the player expressed his optimism about the Real Madrid team, adding, “I really want to play in this final, but I’m sure we will reach more finals [in coming years].”

Finally, Tchouameni expressed his happiness at Real Madrid, stating, “It’s an incredible feeling to be at Real Madrid.”

Formerly of AS Monaco, Tchouameni has featured in 88 competitive matches since joining Real Madrid in 2022. With Toni Kroos retiring, he is expected to play a crucial role for the club going forward, although not necessarily in the upcoming Champions League final.

Source: RMTV

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