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.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.