Andriy Lunin considering summer Real Madrid exit

A fresh insight into the plans of Real Madrid star Andriy Lunin beyond the summer has today been forthcoming online.

The info comes courtesy of Diario AS, and points towards the Ukrainian’s future as not being quite as clear-cut as previously thought.

Recent claims in the media had assured that Lunin was simply waiting for the Real hierarchy to make contact, to make official his commitment to Carlo Ancelotti’s troops for the long-term.

As much of course comes amid what has proven an altogether fruitful campaign for the 25-year-old in the Spanish capital.

Owing to the long-term injury suffered by Thibaut Courtois, alongside the struggles of Kepa Arrizabalaga, Lunin has been thrown into an unexpectedly prominent role in Real’s first-team setup across the season to date.

All told, he has featured from the off in a considerable 22 of the club’s outings in all competitions, maintaining some of the highest save percentages across the entirety of Europe in La Liga and the Champions League alike.

In turn, it has come as little surprise to hear of the powers that be in the boardroom at the Santiago Bernabéu preparing to open talks with their gifted shot-stopper, to extend his contract – currently due to expire in the summer of 2025.

As alluded to above, though, if the latest word stemming from the media is anything to go by, then Lunin staying put for next season remains far from a sure thing.

As per the aforementioned AS, the Ukrainian international will await developments over the season’s final months, before coming to a definitive decision on his future.

Aware that Thibaut Courtois’ return from injury is just around the corner, Lunin is eager to see how he will be treated.

Will Courtois’ comeback mark the end of his contributions for the campaign? Or will he be afforded a fair shot in the battle for no.1 duties?

As much could well prove the deciding factor in Lunin opting to stay put, or seek out a first-choice berth elsewhere with a view to the 2024/25 campaign.

Conor Laird | GSFN

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