A recent report from journalist Sergio Gomez has revealed Ajax’s interest in Real Madrid shot-stopper Andriy Lunin. The Dutch giants had apparently pursued the highly-rated goalkeeper recently, holding talks with his entourage over a potential move to Amsterdam.
However, Lunin had no desire to leave Real Madrid as he is happy with his life at Santiago Bernabeu. As such, he was swift to reject the advances of Ajax. The Eredivisie giants have not been the only one to have pursued Lunin lately, as clubs from Premier League and Bundesliga have also tested his resolve.
Lunin, though, has stood firm and remains content with his current role in the team. The Ukrainian international is currently serving as the second-choice goalkeeper and the primary alternative to Thibaut Courtois.
But despite his desire to remain a part of the Real Madrid setup, the upcoming summer transfer window could be an important one for Lunin, as far as his future is concerned.
With his contract at the Bernabeu expiring in 2024, Lunin is expected to hold talks with the Whites over his future in the summer. The two parties are set to arrive at a definitive decision on whether or not the goalkeeper will continue at the Bernabeu, knowing it will be the last opportunity for the club to cash in on the player.
Real Madrid, though, are extremely happy with Lunin’s progress, along with his professionalism. Not to mention, the goalkeeper has always responded well when called upon. He was notably a star performer during Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey game this midwek.
But with a grand total of just six league appearances since the 2020/21 campaign, questions are being raised over Lunin’s role at the club. And if the Ukrainian international continues to have a limited role in the first team, it will not come as a surprise to see him move elsewhere in the near future.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.