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Real Madrid will ignore Ancelotti’s request to sign a new backup goalkeeper

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Reports over the past several weeks suggested that Real Madrid were expecting backup goalkeeper Andriy Lunin to leave the club this summer and were even looking at possible replacements for the 24-year-old Ukrainian.

Lunin has struggled for game-time at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Thibaut Courtois being the undisputed starter between the sticks. As such, speculations over his future had been doing the rounds, with some media outlets in Spain suggesting that a more senior backup goalkeeper was sought.

However, according to a fresh report from Jorge C Picon, Real Madrid are unlikely to sign a new backup goalkeeper this summer despite the request of manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The report suggests that the Merengues’ manager does not trust Lunin and wishes to replace him as Courtois’ understudy at the Santiago Bernabeu.

In fact, he had informed the club’s recruitment chief, Juni Calafat, regarding the same as early as March this year. Ancelotti felt that despite Lunin’s exemplary attitude and behaviour, his progression was not taking place as expected.

In fact, the club even started looking at possible replacements, including Getafe’s David Soria more out of respect for Ancelotti’s request rather than seeing it as a necessity.

Now though, Real Madrid are happy with Lunin and are not planning to offload him nor are there any ideas to replace him at this moment.

The player, for his part, is understood to be comfortable at the Santiago Bernabeu and wishes to stay put. All signs point towards Lunin rejoining the pre-season training which is scheduled to begin from July 10.

With his contract expiring next year though, there is no certainty that Lunin would remain at Real Madrid beyond 2024.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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