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Union Berlin expected to announce Real Madrid youth coach as their new manager – report

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After defying the odds last season and finishing fourth in the Bundesliga, just four points behind RB Leipzig and only nine points behind eventual winners Bayern Munich, Union Berlin have found it strenuous to replicate their success from last season this time around.

In an attempt to manage the UEFA Champions League schedule, Berlin are currently sitting 17th in the Bundesliga table, having won only two games out of a possible 12.

They sacked coach Urs Fischer after falling into relegation battle, and are currently coached by interim manager Marco Grote, who was was responsible for Union Berlin’s U19 side in 2022.

Berlin are expected to announce their new head coach soon, though, and there are increasing signs in Germany, as per Kicker, that it is going to be Real Madrid legend Raul.

Currently head coach of Real Madrid Castilla, the former forward has made a reputation for himself as an excellent manager already and someone with modern-day football principles instilled in his coaching style.

Real Madrid’s managerial situation

Carlo Ancelotti’s future has been called into doubt over the last few months, with the Brazilian National Team desperate to bring him in as the head coach of the side, with shining references from the likes of Eder Militao, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo.

As such, Madrid have been keeping tabs on several managers to potentially take over the club if push comes to shove, and one of the names on top of that list is Raul himself.

However, over the last weeks, reports have stated that Madrid are happy with Ancelotti, and are ready to offer him a two-year extension on his current contract to sway away interest from Brazil.

Should Madrid consider Raul?

While Raul has done an excellent job at Castilla, especially with the development of certain players such as Nico Paz and Mario Martin, Madrid are currently better off with Carlo Ancelotti.

Real Madrid is one of the toughest gigs in senior football, if not the toughest.

Raul would be under huge pressure to replicate the success from his own player career, his managerial career so far, and of course, Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid tenure at the Santiago Bernabeu, since he was also directly promoted from Castilla to the senior side.

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Real Madrid star unlikely to travel to London with the rest of the squad

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Real Madrid will be on their way to England this Thursday as they gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The players and the staff will be on a flight to London tomorrow to prepare for the clash at Wembley.

However, according to a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin might not travel with the rest of the team tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper has not trained for three days in a row after coming down with the flu.

Lunin has overcome the flu, but he still has the virus and there is still a chance he could be contagious.

Lunin will not travel with the rest of the team. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid, aware of the importance of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, are considering leaving the Ukrainian behind to avoid any possible contagion ahead of the Champions League final.

The goalkeeper will likely not travel with the rest of the expedition to London on Thursday and will fly alone on Saturday to avoid the risk of infection.

On Thursday, Lunin will undergo another check-up and, depending on the viral load, he could even travel on Friday. But it seems impossible for him to travel with his teammates.

It has already been suggested that Lunin would be making way for Thibaut Courtois in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The likelihood of that has increased following the events of this week.

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