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Jan Kozak selects Martin Dubravka after impressing for Newcastle United

10 months ago

Newcastle United have mace an announcement about Martin Dubravka on Tuesday afternoon but sadly not the one we are waiting for.

Fans had hoped to see the £4m permanent move announced ASAP after the end of the season but no news as yet.

The club are free to seal this deal any time, if the keeper agrees of course, but the paperwork would be then processed in June as he would be joining from another league.

Domestic transfers between clubs have been able to be processed since last Thursday when the Premier League transfer window opened.

Instead of a permanent deal announcement, Newcastle United have revealed that the goalkeeper has been called up by Slovakia for upcoming friendlies.

They play Holland on Thursday 31 May and then World Cup bound Morocco on Monday 4 June.

Martin Dubravka is making up for lost time.

Turning 30 next January, it is only in the past 12 months when he has become Slovakia’s number one, the keeper has made seven starts in the last year but only played twice before that, so he should reach double figures in the next fortnight.

The Slovakian nation team manager, Jan Kozak, has referenced the form of Martin Dubravka at Newcastle, declaring it ‘fantastic’.

The goalkeeper now making up for lost time at club level as well, after spending his whole career in the lowly Danish, Slovakian and Czech Republic leagues, he has excelled in the Premier League these past three months.

An absolute bargain at £4m and hopefully signing for NUFC will be the next news we hear of him.

Official Newcastle United Announcement:

‘Martin Dubravaka has been named in a 23-man Slovakia squad for two friendly matches this summer.

The 29-year-old – who joined Newcastle on loan from Sparta Prague in January – is one of three goalkeepers in Ján Kozák’s squad for the matches against the Netherlands and Morocco.

Slovakia, who won the King’s Cup in Thailand in March, face the Netherlands in Trnava on 31st May and Morocco in Geneva on 4th June.

Viktoria Plzen keeper Matús Kozácik, who started the World Cup qualification campaign as his country’s number one, has not been included in the squad, with Dúbravka getting the nod along with Michal Sulla of Slovan Bratislava and Rotherham’s Marek Rodak.

Coach Kozák explained: “Rodak is young, talented and playing in England regularly. Kozácik is still available.

“Dubravka has had a fantastic half a season with Newcastle and Sulla convinced me in Thailand; apart from one mistake he did well.”

Former Newcastle defender Lubo Satka, who won his first full cap in the Thailand tournament, has also been called up after a strong season in his homeland with FC DAC which saw him named in the Fortuna Liga team of the season.’


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