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Two goalkeepers Real Madrid are monitoring as potential Andriy Lunin replacements – report 

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The future of Andriy Lunin has become a talking point this summer, with the goalkeeper reportedly unhappy with his role in the team.

After a tremendous 2023/24 campaign, where his performances were crucial in helping Real Madrid seal the double, Lunin might feel iffy continuing at Real Madrid only to serve as an alternative for Thibaut Courtois.

Real Madrid have two solutions

A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has indicated that Real Madrid have two potential solutions, should Andriy Lunin leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer.

The most obvious one is the extension of Kepa Arrizabalaga’s loan spell at the Bernabeu. The Spaniard was loaned from Chelsea last summer, initially to serve as a replacement for the injured Courtois.

But over time, Kepa lost his place to Lunin. However, should the Ukrainian international depart this summer, there could be scope for Kepa to return to Santiago Bernabeu once again.

Will Kepa return to Real Madrid this summer? (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Real Madrid are happy with the professionalism shown by Kepa during his time at the club and would not mind retaining his services for another year.

Will Real Madrid explore the market for a goalkeeper?

Should Real Madrid rule out the return of Kepa Arrizabalaga or struggle to find an agreement with Chelsea, the club always have the option to scour the transfer market.

To that end, Real Madrid are apparently keeping an eye on Joan Garcia, the 23-year-old Espanyol goalkeeper, who is enjoying a solid year.

Garcia became a first-team regular at Espanyol earlier this year and has since established himself as a key operator for the Catalan outfit.

Garcia’s performances were key in helping Espanyol seal promotion back to the top flight. The Spaniard, therefore, could be an interesting bet for Real Madrid, though Los Blancos could face stiff competition from Arsenal.

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Real Madrid trailing Premier League heavyweights in UEFA club rankings

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UEFA has announced its latest club rankings, based on the performance of each team in European competitions over the last five seasons, and despite winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid trail Manchester City in these standings. 

It must be noted that the coefficients of these rankings are calculated purely on the basis of results in European competitions, without considering domestic league performance. The rankings are crucial as they determine the seedings in UEFA competition draws.

Top teams in UEFA rankings

This time, Manchester City haves outshone Real Madrid, topping the list with a coefficient of 123,000 points, while Real Madrid have 119,000 points. Bayern Munich complete the top three with a score of 108,000 points. 

Man City have been incredibly consistent since 2021, securing a Champions League title, reaching a final, and making it to a semi-final, which has propelled them to the top spot in the rankings.

Manchester City are above Real Madrid in UEFA club rankings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The competition between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been intense, especially in the Champions League. The two giants of European football have faced each other in four knockout ties since 2020, each winning two ties. 

Their consistent performances have solidified their status as the current powerhouses of European football.

What about the other La Liga teams?

Spanish football, particularly La Liga, is well-represented in these rankings. Alongside Real Madrid, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona are notable mentions. 

Villarreal, on their part, are in the 7th place after winning the Europa League in 2021 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2022. 

Atletico Madrid are positioned at 17th, just ahead of Barcelona, who is struggling to maintain its usual high ranking. 

Amidst all this, the English Premier League stands out as the dominant force in these rankings. Six of its teams are in the top 20, showcasing the strength and competitiveness of English football. 

The Italian League and the Bundesliga also have a strong presence, each contributing four teams to the top ranks.

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