The future of Martin Dubravka looks like an open goal for Newcastle United.

The goalkeeper has said he is keen to stay and Newcastle have a set price of £4m that they can buy him for.

What could possibly go wrong?

His form has been outstanding on loan, making his debut against Manchester United only 12 days after arriving and never looking back.

His 12 games saw wins over Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd, with Newcastle picking up 19 points. That compares to only 25 points from the 26 matches before he took over in goal.

The keeper conceding 11 goals in the 12 games, compared to 36 in the opening 26 matches.

The future of Rafa Benitez was always going to be the big question this summer, whether or not he will sign an extended contract, or at the very least see out the last year of his current deal.

Retaining Martin Dubravka though, looked like just an open door to be pushed through.

However, with each passing day and no news of a deal agreed with the player and the buyout price activated, your natural instinct as a Newcastle fan is to start to worry.

Signing Kenedy on a permanent deal was always going to be a tougher one but the thought of not signing either Dubravka or the Brazilian, would be crushing.

Last summer, Christian Atsu’s permanent move was announced on 24 May 2017 after a similar loan to buy arrangement as the Slovakian goalkeeper.

If Dubravka could be announced this week, it would give everybody a lift and reassurance that things could move in the right direction this summer.

Yes, a price of £4m is already agreed but Newcastle still have to convince Martin Dubravka to sign.

Martin Dubravka owes us nothing and turns 30 in January. Having only ever played in the Slovakian, Danish and Czech Republic leagues, what if another ambitious club came in and offered him the possibility of trophies and/or European football?

Newcastle have to convince Dubravka of their ambition moving forward and Rafa Benitez is surely central to that.

Martin Dubravka was asked at the end of the season whether he would like to stay on and talked positively, though it would have been a surprise to hear anything different, whatever he really intends to do..

If Rafa Benitez had already committed his own future with an extended contract then I don’t think anybody would have any doubts about Martin Dubravka staying, as Rafa signing would signal he believed the club were going to show ambition.

As it stands, Newcastle are currently two down on the key quality group of players who impressed in those final three months of the season, Dubravka signing would tick one of those boxes.

Martin Dubravka:

“I would like to of course.

“Newcastle is a huge club with a great history, amazing fans and quality players.

“We will see what’s going to happen.

“When I arrived in Newcastle I didn’t know what to expect…

“I was sitting on the bench, watching the tempo and intensity, I was trying to adapt as soon as possible.

“After the Manchester United game everything went so fast.

“I’m happy that we stayed in the league and next season hopefully we can bring the same attitude and level.

“I really hope that next season we will show that we are stronger.”

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  • JonMag

    makes you wonder how stupid the likes of Penfold is, £4m for this guy is a no brainer yet here we go again with a delay. wouldn`t surprise me if he has instructions to sell a keeper first. i honestly think South Shields football club is run on a more professional basis than Newcastle

    • Kneebotherm8

      It isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that HMV has told him that………

      • Mark Potter

        Or EUFA has told him the window doesnt open for a couple of weeks?

  • Leazes.

    My guess is they are waiting until the next accounting period around 30th June before anything happens…. that’s what Charnley usually does… thinks with his head inside a box.

    • JonMag

      a coffin would be better

    • Peaky

      Love that last line…..he will also suffer from ‘dark sky thinking’ as opposed to ‘blue’….

      • TheNutJob

        wor lass mate the infamous jonmag from the chron has invaded the mags forums

    • Kneebotherm8

      He never thinks outside the box for sure………..I’m sure he could do better if he wasn’t being slapped down by his master on a regular basis……..

    • Jezza

      Probably also waiting till they can bring in £4 million from player sales too.

    • Mark Potter

      Or perhaps they are waiting for the transfer window to open? You know, those pesky rules that prevent you signing players whenever you feel like.

      • Jimmy_toons

        Didn’t it open midnight Thursday 17 May?

        • Mark Potter

          The Premiership window was brought forward. The clubs decided by a majority vote to have the window close just before our season starts in mid-Aug, instead of two weeks into the season. Other countries didn’t. And there already was differences because of different season start/end dates. The Czech Republic window runs 21 June to 9 Sept 2018. EUFA also have a window for international transfers.

          Currently only transfers from one Premiership club to another could be made.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    What could possibly go wrong? Remember though, this is Newcastle United.

    • TheNutJob

      he could sign for another club if leazes is right and Penfold`s waiting for June 30th

      • Mark Potter

        No he can’t, if we have an option to buy him. Only if we decide not to exercise that option can Dubravka’s home club negotiate any other deal.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Most likely to be available until 30 June which is when the loan deal ends. i.e. plenty time. Dubravka’s terms will need to be agreed though.

  • Mrkgw

    He seems a safe pair of hands and has done an excellent job for us. No brainer really – get him signed!

    • Kneebotherm8

      His signing is in a safe pair of hands……..Penfold……….not……

  • ghostrider

    There’s no panic.
    The season’s just ended and it’s time to sit down and evaluate all players, not just those individuals that we could sign.

    • TheNutJob


      • ghostrider

        a stupid person.

        • TheNutJob


        • TheFatController

          I love your style. You reply without emotion. It’s like watching any Star Trek series where they always have one calm character lacking emotion – Spock, SevenofNine, Data – who act as the counterbalance to the emotion of the humans.

          ‘You might like to not like me, but I shall continue to post. By all means block me, not having emotions I won’t be affected. l leave you humans to your emotions, whilst I merely post my opinion without emotion as emotions are weakness …’

          Of course, it’s all just passive aggression from an angry man typing furiously on his PC whilst his mum makes his tea …

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Exactly, a trip to the Costas at this time of year had a 100pc certainty in bumping into footballers in their jollies. We have until 30 June to trigger a deal at £4m. The little question of his wages will need to be agreed.

    • Big Hairy Man

      Rafa will already have evaluated players and handed in his list. Over to you Fatty.

      • ghostrider

        If he has then I’m sure things will get sorted quite quickly.
        Quickly is not immediate because negotiations will obviously have to be sorted out from both ends.
        You don’t see other clubs just bringing players in willy nilly, right now, do you?
        Nobody should expect any different from our club.

  • Peter C

    Definitely worth signing for 4 million, in fact it’s a bargain. Even in the short time he’s been at the club, he looks better than both Elliot and Darlow.

  • TheNutJob

    Fatty wouldn`t sign Messi if he was offered to him for £20m

    • Kneebotherm8

      That would break our transfer record…………….no chance….

      • TheNutJob

        that`s what i was getting at

        • Kneebotherm8

          Spot on then……

  • 1ewis

    If there’s one good reason for not signing Dubravka, I hope it would be Buffon.

    • Jezza

      No it would b e the buffoon called Charnley.

      • Kneebotherm8


  • Jezza

    “If Dubravka could be announced this week, it would give everybody a lift
    and reassurance that things could move in the right direction this

    As I have been saying for a couple of weeks already, that is precisely what the Ashley regime is banking on. A quick deal for Dubravka will take the pressure off, placate the fans and fool them into thinking the club is embarking on a summer spending spree, generate a mad rush for season tickets before things go flat, nothing happens for weeks on end and when it’s all over Dubravka at £4 million remains our biggest buy of the summer.

    • Steve Smith

      Easiest Summer ever for them.

      Combine the Dubravka situation with the early closing of the window and the World Cup to distract the mob. Convert this one deal somewhere over the next couple of weeks and they keep everything ticking over with minimal outlay.

    • Leazes.

      I’ve no doubt he’ll bring him in but why would Charnley sanction payment for three months wages in summer without a game?

      The club is run by penny pinching and has relegated us twice…. but strangely there was no blame attached to Charnley in the accounts statement for the lack of investment which caused the relegations twice…..

      …..he thinks he’s doing an absolutely great job of it saving the club pennies here and there.

      It beats me how Charnley is still in a job…. maybe he’s part of the process of ‘kicking the dog’….. in fact yes he is isn’t he!

      • Kneebotherm8

        Mike Ashley thinks he’s doing an absolutely great job………..I believe every action/inaction Charnley takes is sanctioned by he who must be obeyed…..he’s one dumb puppet if ever there was one..

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        The option to buy will expire at the end of the loan so we’ll have to do a deal then. Officially, we’ll need to wait for the other transfer window to open too.

    • Mark Potter

      Or it could be that there can be no announcement until the European transfer window is open?

  • Paul Patterson

    Chicken and egg I’m afraid. Don’t tie Rafa down and the players won’t commit . .

    • Fatwatch

      Spot on. In fact, if we start making signings before news about Rafa’s contract I’d be more concerned

  • nevfur

    Worth pointing out that whilst the transfer window is open for domestic deals the international window doesn’t open until June 8.

  • Wor Monga

    At £4m it’s a true no-brainer…Dubravka is literally head and shoulders above any keeper on our books, and better than we’ve had at the club for a good few years…he’s well International class, and it makes no difference what league he’s come from because he does things good the right way…he’s confident, he’s noisy, quick off his line, good with the ball at his feet, and did you see the save he made from Giroud’s surprise flick, that was a worldie…

    …He’d be a fool to sign without any guarantee of Rafa staying because take it from me there will be the rumblings of a mass exodus with players wanting out, and several of the better ones not wanting to be on the training ground when the next chosen numpty makes his appearance!!!

  • pedrodelgardo

    Acra acra dubravka, we should reach out and grab ya. We should wear a mask if we get him for £4m.