Carlo Ancelotti’s recent comments regarding the goalkeeping situation at Real Madrid in a press conference did not go down too well with a lot of people. The club’s long injury list this season has led to the manager having to make significant changes in his starting XI since the start of the campaign.
Thibaut Courtois’ ACL injury just before the start of the season was a major blow without a doubt. Andriy Lunin had been the Belgian’s cover option for years. But instead of giving him a chance to be the number one, Real Madrid brought in Kepa Arrizabalaga from Chelsea on a year-long loan deal, and the 24-year-old remained on the bench.
Although as luck would have it, Kepa got injured during the warm-up before the UEFA Champions League game against SC Braga earlier in November. It paved the way for Lunin to start for Real Madrid for a short run of matches at the very least.
Since then Lunin has been excellent. He has conceded only three goals and kept two clean sheets in four matches while pulling off some brilliant saves.
Ancelotti clarifies role to Real Madrid youngster
Despite Lunin’s brilliant form, Ancelotti seems to be ready to bring back Kepa into the starting XI when he is fit. As reported by 90min, the Italian coach said:
"“I think Kepa will return against Granada.“If he is healthy, he will play.”"
This does not seem to have gone down well with a lot of people. Many have been impressed with Lunin and wanted to see more of him as the first-choice.
As reported by MARCA, Ancelotti and Lunin spoke and clarified the possible misunderstanding that arose after the statement made by the coach. The conversation served to clarify positions and to avoid the creation of a situation that could end up becoming a problem.
Lunin’s future is still uncertain as his contract at Real Madrid expires in the summer of 2024. He has been Courtois’ number two for quite some time and is now playing the same role with Kepa between the posts. If things don’t improve soon, expect to see the 24-year-old head for the exit door soon.