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Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin attracts attention on loan


Despite not seeing much of the field, teenager Andriy Lunin is the subject of multiple loan bids in the Spanish league

19-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is the subject of a love-triangle of sorts in LaLiga.

Lunin joined Real Madrid from Zorya Luhansk in his native Ukraine over the summer of 2018. The youngster immediately went on loan to Leganés but has since only played 274 minutes across four appearances in LaLiga and Copa del Rey.

Spanish daily AS reports that Huesca have submitted a loan offer to Real Madrid for the teenager.

Little more than gentlemanly sportsmanship would compel Leganés to return the player to his parent club before the end of the previously arranged loan, so the Pepineros would prefer securing a third goalkeeper beforehand.

In November, AS reported that Madrid was considering recalling Lunin from Leganés to send him on a more productive loan spell elsewhere.

Despite subtle prodding from his parent club, the player was comfortable staying at the Butarque Stadium due to the location and his relationship with goalkeeper coach Joseba Ituarte.

Prior to their match with Espanyol, manager Mauricio Pellegrino confirmed that Real Madrid had contacted him about Lunin’s place at Leganés.

“Real Madrid, who as his parent club, are the ones who decide what they feel is best for them and the player.”

“Then there is the player’s desire to play. The lad’s happy and he’s progressing. But keeping everyone happy is difficult.”

Pellegrino was asked about the possibility of extending Lunin’s stay at Leganés through the 2019-20 season.

“We’ve spoken about that option but there’s nothing official yet. We’re only at the start of the New Year and we’ll see what happens. I’d like him to stay with us for another year, of course I would.”

If they cannot proceed with Lunin, Huesca will be rather desperate to sign a new goalkeeper to try to avoid relegation from LaLiga.