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Real Madrid will hold contract talks with in-form star at the end of the season



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Right before the season commenced, Real Madrid fans were handed the bitter news of Thibaut Courtois’ ACL injury, which would rule him out for almost the entire campaign.

Having established himself as one Real Madrid’s best players over the years, understandably his void between the sticks weighed heavy on the team’s supporters.

However, the Merengues were fortunate to have some time to sign a replacement in the transfer market, with Kepa Arrizabalaga eventually being acquired on loan to make up for the Belgian’s absence.

While Kepa has performed well on certain occasions, the player who has come closest to emulating Courtois’ heroics between the sticks has been Andriy Lunin, despite initially starting the campaign as a second-choice keeper.

Seizing his opportunities excellently and giving Kepa a run for his money in the starting XI, there remain no doubts about the Ukranian’s talents.

Real Madrid and Andriy Lunin will hold contract talks

Indeed, according to MARCA, after the season concludes, Real Madrid and Andriy Lunin will sit down to negotiate a revised contract.

Reasonably, though, Courtois’ recovery will have importance, as the state in which he is by that time will determine whether it is worth retaining the services of Lunin.

Earlier this season there was some debate within the Real Madrid headquarters regarding the 25-year-old’s extension as he wanted a more prominent role in the team and would potentially hit the exit door in the summer.

But in light of Lunin’s exceptional form, the possibility of renewing his contract, which expires in 2025, is on the cards.

In fine form

In recent months, Lunin has raised his level to the point where he is now the primary safe keeper of the sticks, making him more likely to stay put.

In fact, Lunin has chimed in with some sublime displays as of late, most notably against RB Leipzig in the Champions League, which was arguably his best display in a Real Madrid jersey.

Reports have previously argued that Real Madrid does not rule out awarding Lunin a new contract because of their satisfaction with his recent performances as well as his general attitude this season.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy



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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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