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Real Madrid player looking for exit if club can’t grant ‘unlikely’ demand – report

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As the summer transfer window heats up, one of the most pressing issues for Real Madrid is the future of their Ukrainian goalkeeper, Andriy Lunin. According to Diario AS, the 24-year-old shot-stopper has expressed a strong desire to stay at the club but under the critical condition that he will be the starting goalkeeper. This stipulation, however, seems highly improbable given the presence of Thibaut Courtois, one of the world’s best goalkeepers, firmly entrenched as the first-choice keeper at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Lunin, who joined Real Madrid in 2018 from Zorya Luhansk, has had limited opportunities to showcase his talents, primarily serving as an understudy to Courtois. His appearances have mostly come in Copa del Rey matches and sporadic La Liga games when Courtois has been unavailable. Despite his potential and commendable performances in these limited outings, Lunin’s chances of becoming the regular starter for Los Blancos appear slim.

The situation has reached a critical juncture, prompting Lunin’s agent, Jorge Mendes, to take decisive action. Mendes, a highly influential figure in the football world, is scheduled to travel to Madrid this week to hold discussions with the club’s management according to the aforementioned source. The primary agenda will be to assess Lunin’s future at Real Madrid, exploring whether the club can meet his demands or if an exit is the most viable solution.

Given the unlikely prospect of Lunin displacing Courtois as the number one goalkeeper, an exit for the Ukrainian international cannot be ruled out. Several clubs across Europe are reportedly monitoring Lunin’s situation, aware of his potential and seeking to bolster their goalkeeping options. For Lunin, moving to a club where he can secure regular first-team football would be a logical step in his career development.

While his ambitions are understandable, the presence of Thibaut Courtois complicates matters. Jorge Mendes’ upcoming discussions with the club will be pivotal in determining Lunin’s future. If an exit is pursued, Real Madrid will look towards potential replacements. The coming weeks promise to be crucial as the club navigates these complex decisions, balancing current squad needs with future ambitions.

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