Prieto backs young Lunin for Real Madrid

Andriy Lunin of Ukraine during the U21 European Championship Qualifier between England U21 and Ukraine U21 at Bramall Lane on March 27, 2018 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Andriy Lunin of Ukraine during the U21 European Championship Qualifier between England U21 and Ukraine U21 at Bramall Lane on March 27, 2018 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Lunin is playing for Leganes this season on loan from Los Blancos, but he will have to return in the summer to a star-filled club.

Goalkeeper Andriy Lunin was bought by Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2018, but he immediately was sent on a loan to Leganes, where he has only made five appearances in the 2108-2019 season.

The 20-year-old has been developing into a good player, earning him three caps with the Ukraine senior national team.

And when his loan is up with Leganes, he will have to return to a star-filled Los Blancos squad.

“Andriy Lunin has a great future in front of him,” Leganes goalkeeper Andres Prieto told Goal.

“He is ready to play for Real.”

He added: “When my girlfriend and I realized that her sister and Lucas Vazquez were dating, I felt very happy.”

“He was almost my room-mate in the residence and I didn’t know anything.”

“But we couldn’t imagine we would be brothers-in-law then. And eight years after that, look at us,” Prieto commented.

LEGANES, SPAIN - APRIL 15: Marcelo Vieira of Real Madrid reacts after the 1-1 draw in the La Liga match between CD Leganes and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on April 15, 2019 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo admits Madrid is “damaged”

Los Blancos skipper was happy after his team defeated Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in this weekend's Spanish La Liga fixture.

“But I don’t feel he is my brother-in-law, I don’t use that word. We have a friendship and a healthy relationship.”

“I prefer him as my brother-in-law than as my rival. I never want to come up against him in a rival team, if possible!” he concluded.

Before joining Madrid and Leganes, the 20-year-old was playing in his native Ukraine for Dnipro in the 2016-2017 season and the next year at Zorya Luhansk.

He has also defended the Ukraine national team goal since 2014 when he started with the U16 squad, climbing year by year until he got to the senior squad.