Lunin disappointed by Real Madrid exit

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin says he would have stayed at the club had he known Keylor Navas would leave.

The 20-year-old was the third-choice goalkeeper at the Santiago Bernabeu at the start of the season with coach Zinedine Zidane putting his trust in Thibaut Courtois.

Navas was his backup until he joined Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan deal. He moved to Paris after Alphonse Areola moved to the Spanish giants earlier this summer.

Areola has managed to play in two league games so far, but Lunin has found life tough after deciding to join Real Valladolid.

He has yet to play for his new club and has now revealed that he would have liked to stay put.

“Nobody knew Keylor Navas would be leaving Real Madrid, I would have had the chance to stay if I had known,” he told The Football Hub.

“Keylor’s attitude helped me being comfortable at the club. We often had lunch together, and we always talked, which helped me a lot. Valladolid have some high-quality players, training sessions are tough and very quick, but they’re good for my development.”

Lunin is still tipped to have a bright future in the game after helping Ukraine win the Under-20 World Cup in the summer. He has already picked up four caps for the national team, and the Krasnohrad-born stopper could feature at Euro 2020 after Andriy Shevchenko’s men qualified for the group stages on Monday night.

He has yet to make a senior appearance for Madrid since joining the club in 2018 from Zorya Luhansk. Lunin spent time on loan at Leganes last season but only made five appearances in the top flight.