Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is causing some headaches at the club. Los Blancos want the 24-year-old Ukrainian to leave the team this summer, but the stopper is adamant about fulfilling his contract that runs until 2024, reports Diario AS.
Lunin, who signed for Real Madrid back in 2018 from Zorya Luhansk for €8.5 million plus €5 million add-ons, has never been able to break into the starting XI.
In fact, since signing for the team, he has spent two years on loan to Leganes, Valladolid and Oviedo.
Real Madrid’s asking price
Lunin played the first two games of Madrid’s pre-season tour to the United States – against AC Milan and Manchester United – this year and although he was decent at best, it appears that he has no place in Carlo Ancelotti’s blueprint for the next season.
Given that he is set to enter the final year of his contract and there is no renewal in sight, Real Madrid’s asking price of €8 million comes in as a rather impractical demand, to say the very least.
The Merengues are trying their best to part ways with the goalkeeper and although he has been made aware of the intentions, he is not willing to leave the team this summer.
Last month, video footage from the UCLA training centre emerged wherein it can be seen that Lunin received a telling-off from first-team coach Luis Llopis during a training session.
While the two eventually settled things and made up, it sparked speculations that the Real Madrid coaching staff is not entirely convinced by Lunin’s abilities.
As such, they remain hopeful of offloading Lunin before the transfer window closes, but the player hopes to stay put and see out the remaining year on his contract.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.