Real Madrid board and Ancelotti in agreement over decision about the first-choice goalkeeper

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The debate surrounding who should be Real Madrid’s first-choice goalkeeper this season in the absence of Thibaut Courtois has been raging on for months with no clear victor.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti started with Kepa Arrizabalaga as his preferred option but an injury to the Spaniard opened the doors for Andriy Lunin, who made the most of his chance.

It has led to the Real Madrid boss constantly changing and rotating his goalkeepers on a game-by-game basis, which has raised some concerns about causing instability.

Lunin to be first-choice goalie, Ancelotti and board in agreement

However, based on recent performances, Ancelotti and his coaching staff are leaning towards handing Lunin the responsibilities of being Real Madrid’s first-choice goalkeeper for the rest of the season.

This claim comes from journalist Jorge C Picon, who reports that the Real Madrid board would be in agreement with the choice of installing Lunin as the starter ahead of Kepa.

After the game against Cadiz in November last year, Ancelotti had come out and claimed that Kepa would be his first-choice shot-stopper despite Lunin making an impression.

That statement did not go down with members of the board who felt Lunin deserved a shot because of his good performances and that his contract ran until 2025.

Since then, there has been more confusion, as the goalkeepers have been rotated without any specific pattern in place.

Kepa now the No. 2. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

No room for experiments

These constant changes in the goalkeeping position have complicated the situation. The rotations have impacted both players’ confidence, with the pair making mistakes against Atletico Madrid (Kepa in the Supercopa and Lunin in the Copa).

It has also affected the defence as well, with Real Madrid conceding more goals in recent matches.

As such, with an important run of fixtures coming up, Los Blancos have decided to do away with the rotation and install Lunin as the first-choice starter.

The Ukrainian has impressed onlookers with his dedication and professionalism in training even when he was not playing regularly. As for Kepa, he is reluctant to throw in the towel, hoping to turn the tables in his favour.

For the time being, the coaching staff, with the backing of the dressing room and the board, are planning to give Lunin the reins.

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