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Real Madrid want to renew ‘hard-working’ 23-year-old ace

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Initially, Thibaut Courtois’ injury ahead of an important month ahead, including El Clasico, was thought to be problematic. However, second-choice goalkeeper Andriy Lunin has picked up the sticks brilliantly in the Belgian’s absence.

In fact, the Ukrainian goalkeeper can be credited for Real Madrid’s only clean sheet this season in the league vs Getafe. He made two saves during the game, but as a modern-day goalkeeper, Lunin adds incredible depth to the team’s fluidity.

Real Madrid are very happy with Lunin, and in particular, his ball-playing ability. As such, according to ABC (h/t MadridXtra) they want to extend his contract, but the player will take the final decision.

The 23-year-old’s contract is valid till 2024, which gives Los Blancos ample time to convince him to renew. However, they will likely not stand in his way if he wants to leave.

Carlo Ancelotti called Lunin ‘shy’, but ‘hard-working’ in one of his earlier press conferences this season. He has, however, noticed that his confidence is increasing every passing game.

This was especially evident against Barcelona, where he took a ton of risk with the ball, playing late passes to break the visitors’ first line of press.

The report also states that Lunin was disappointed about the goal he conceded against Shakhtar Donetsk away from home, and wants to learn from his ‘mistake’.

The coaching staff convinced him that it was, in no way, shape, or form, his fault, though, and that they still trust him to the best of his abilities.

Unsurprisingly, his main goal is to achieve the best of the best at Real Madrid, but faces competition from arguably the best player in his position – Courtois, who seems all set to pick up the Yashin Trophy for the best goalkeeper at the Ballon d’Or gala tonight.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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