Andriy Lunin tells Leganes: I’m returning to Real Madrid

Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin has told Leganes he will return to his parent club next season, according to El Mundo Deportivo.

The Ukrainian has made just four La Liga appearances for the southern Madrid-based club this campaign, but it had been thought he could be afforded more opportunities next season.

He has failed to dislodge the club’s first choice goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar at Butarque this season but there are reporters the long-term number one could yet leave the club this summer.

Lunin joined Los Blancos last summer in an €8m deal from Zorya but was never likely to be involved in first-team action following the arrival of Thibaut Courtois to compete with Keylor Navas and Luca Zidane.

However, Navas now looks set to depart Madrid this summer while the club’s hierarchy also wishes to move on Zidane, although his father and Coach Zinedine is said to disagree.

Lunin is said to have a strong working relationship with Lega goalkeeping coach Joseba Ituarte and it had been said he would prefer to fight for an attainable first-team place.

Leganes boss Mauricio Pellegrino is said to be a big fan of the Ukrainian goalkeeper and ideally would promote him into the club’s first choice shot-stopper for next season in such a scenario.

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