After months and weeks of speculation wherein Real Madrid were linked to a wide assortment of talented shot-stoppers, the most notable being Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois and Manchester United’s David De Gea, the Spanish giants have finally unveiled their new goalkeeper.
19-year-old Ukrainian international Andriy Lunin was signed on by the club from FC Zorya Luhansk on a 6-year-long deal, and was unveiled on Monday when he penned his contract.
Club president Florentino Perez had this to say about the signing during the press-conference: “Little by little, we are laying the new foundations of the present and the future.
“We want to incorporate young talents that will mark football of the next years. They aspire to the maximum wearing this shirt and this shield. Lunin is a player who shares those ambitions. Many clubs wanted him but I knew where he wanted to be.”
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Lunin himself expressed his delight by stating: “I’m thrilled to be here. It’s the best club in the world and it’s a real honour to be part of Real Madrid. I’m very happy.”
He added: “I chose Real Madrid because winning is the most important element of sport and like any other sporting professional, I want to win and keep winning. Right now I’m training with the team and I’m very happy.
“Of the Real Madrid goalkeepers, Iker Casillas was one that I learned an awful lot from as a kid and I followed his matches & his development closely.”
Madrid are still linked with signing Courtois, and it will be interesting to see how the arrival of the Ukrainian teenager will affect their potential plans.
It appears that the European Champions are eager to build on a squad that has seen quite a few surprises over the past months, from the resignation of Zidane to the sale of Ronaldo. Do bigger deals await?