Real Madrid loaned two promising players to Real Valladolid in Andriy Lunin and Javi Sanchez this summer, but neither have received a minute of playing time with their new club in 2019-2020.
Florentino Perez has quite the collection of talent on loan. Dani Ceballos is a big-name loanee at Arsenal, Martin Odegaard has been one of La Liga’s best players for a dangerous Real Sociedad side, Achraf Hakimi continues to be a bright spot for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, and Oscar Rodriguez recently scored an absolutely delicious brace in a win over Celta Vigo.
But two promising players at Real Valladolid have yet to make an impact this season through no fault of their own.
Real Madrid loaned goalkeeper Andriy Lunin and defender Javi Sanchez to the La Liga side this summer in the hopes that the two players could get valuable first-team experience in Spain’s top flight this season. Unfortunately, neither player has received a single minute of action this season.
According to a report from Sergio Santos Chozas, Los Merengues understandably want to terminate both of these loans with Valladolid. And for their part, Valladolid also reportedly understand and would be amicable to an early termination. They want to maintain a positive relationship with Real for future loan deals, and, well, it’s not like they’ve been able to find any use for Lunin or Sanchez.
Real Madrid fans have been especially surprised and disappointed by the lack of playing time for Lunin, who is one of Europe’s most promising goalkeeper prospects. He has all the tools to be a future starter for Los Blancos, so the club will want him to get early playing time.
Per the report, Real want to terminate these two loan deals with Valladolid and then send Lunin and Sanchez to other clubs for the second half of 2020 at the winter transfer window. At new clubs, they would both presumably receive regular playing time, which is valuable in the development of any young prospect. It sounds like Real have suitors lined up for both men.