Real Madrid goalkeeper Lunin is joining Real Oviedo on loan until the end of the season

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Real Madrid have loaned goalkeeper Andriy Lunin to Real Oviedo for the remainder of the 2019/20 season, the Spanish capital’s club announced on Wednesday.

The Ukrainian international was originally awarded to Real Valladolid for the current season but has only made two appearances for the team of Brazilian grandmaster Ronaldo, both of whom competed in the Copa del Rey.

With coach Sergio Gonzales preferring Jordi Masip in La Liga, Lunin hopes his new club will give him more playing time in the Spanish premier league as the 20-year-old looks to add to his résumé in a battle against much-needed experience breaking into Madrid’s first-team.

A statement on Madrid’s official website said: “Real Madrid CF and Real Oviedo have approved Andriy Lunin’s transfer for this season through June 30, 2020.”

Dethroning first stopper Thibaut Courtois will indeed require some work, while Alphonse Areola – on loan from Paris Saint-Germain after the departure of Keylor Navas – is second behind the Belgian.

Even then, Lunin is fighting for a place alongside Moha Ramos and Luca Zidane, son of head coach Zinedine Bernabeu.

A product of FC Metalist Youth Sportive School in Ukraine, Lunin was taken over by Dnipro upon graduation, where it quickly established itself as the team’s first choice.

Due to financial regularities, however, Dnipro was relegated to the third division of Ukrainian football and several players – including Lunin – were allowed to leave the club.

A lonely season at Zorya Luhansk followed before the young talent was taken over by Real Madrid for a reported € 8.5m plus five additional awards.

Since moving to the Spanish capital, Lunin has not yet played a competitive game for Los Blancos, initially on loan to Leganes for the 2018/19 season, where he made five appearances in La Liga and two more in the Copa. denied del Rey.

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