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Real Madrid yet to open contract talks with 25-year-old in-form star



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From becoming a third-choice goalkeeper at Real Madrid, Andriy Lunin has enjoyed a spectacular turnaround at Santiago Bernabeu this season.

Following the injury of Thibaut Courtois, Lunin has usurped Kepa Arrizabalaga to become Real Madrid’s undisputed number two.

As Courtois continues to recover from his ACL injury, Lunin is more than likely to continue in between the sticks. But as we approach the final phase of the campaign, the Ukrainian international may soon have a crucial decision to make on his future, reports AS.

Courtois’ return to complicate things

While Lunin appears to be a regular starter, at least for the next few weeks, Real Madrid are aware of Courtois’ speedy recovery.

Carlo Ancelotti has already confirmed that the Belgian international will soon become a part of the team after the end of the upcoming international break.

Although Courtois is in no rush to get back to the pitch and is even encouraging Real Madrid to continue with Lunin, it is no secret that Los Blancos might look towards Courtois, especially in the latter stages of the Champions League.

That complicates things for Lunin, whose aim is to remain Real Madrid’s main man in between the sticks until the end of the season.

Courtois’ return may also complicate Lunin’s future, as the Ukrainian international will once again become the club’s number two choice in goal.

Lunin’s prospects will be in danger after Courtois’ return (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Lunin not averse to continuing

Andriy Lunin’s current contract at the Bernabeu expires in 2025 and as things stand, no talks have taken place regarding his renewal.

Lunin’s prospects of becoming a number-one goalkeeper for Real Madrid look bleak given the impending return of Courtois.

That said, the Ukrainian international is not averse to continuing at the Bernabeu if he continues to receive a substantial amount of game time.

It appears Lunin wants to solidify his position as the main cup goalkeeper for Los Blancos. At the same time, he is also aware that he could become a hot prospect in the market, thanks to his performances in La Liga.

The report suggests that some clubs have already scouted him after his performances this season, indicating that the Ukrainian will not be short of suitors if he opts to leave.

The goalkeeper, therefore, will have a key decision to make as we close in on the summer transfer window.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great



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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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