Newcastle fans were expecting Martin Dubravka to be quickly confirmed as the first signing of the summer.

The 29 year old was outstanding once he took over in goal last season, conceding only 11 goals in 12 Premier League matches and helping Newcastle to a run of five wins and a draw in a seven game run that saw PL safety reached.

Martin Dubravka helped Newcastle beat three of the top six in his appearances with previously only one point taken from them, with wins over Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea.

With a very low buying clause amount it looks a no-brainer.

Although in their report today, over in Slovakia say that the buying clause is actually 6m euros (approx £5.3m) and not the widely quoted £4m, either way though it is a massive bargain that needs to be snapped up quickly. The £5.3m figure would also be a new record for a goalkeeper sold by any club in the Czech Republic.

As for the potential move, Martin Dubravka says that everything hinges around Rafa Benitez.

The keeper’s loan deal ends in a week’s time and Dubravka says that in those remaining seven days he understands that this is when Rafa Benitez’ future will also be sorted, whether he stays or goes at Newcastle.

The Slovakian international appears to be saying it is nailed on that he will sign for Newcastle if Rafa Benitez stays at St James Park but if he goes…?

Well, we don’t want to think about just what would follow if that disaster did happen, it wouldn’t just be Dubravka’s position in doubt.

Martin Dubravka (as reported by

“My loan lasts until 31 May and by then everything should be sorted [one way or anther].

“Everything is based on whether or not coach Rafa Benitez will stay or go.

“All potential transfers will begin after this at the club.

“This week will show whether Rafa Benitez will remain.

“Then we will see how my own situation develops.

“The people at the club told me that they were happy and would like me to stay.

“As I said, everything depends on Rafa Benitez.

“I firmly believe my chance [of staying] is high and over the next few days it will definitely be sorted.”

  • Rich Lawson

    ”As I said,everything depends on Rafa’ Benitez”. Sums the whole situation up,not just his transfer.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      More than Duravka will be looking to see what Rafa does, Lascelles & Jonjo to start with

  • Paul Patterson

    Come on Ashley for heavens sake. Get a meeting sorted, discuss the budget and do the deals.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He`s not interested

    • FatParosite

      Ashley’s on holiday.

      • JonMag

        he`s been on holiday since last August

  • Mike

    mirror say we are looking at another keeper for 2m!! sounds about right! ffs

    • TheNutJob

      it isn`t Jack Butland then

    • Peaky

      Two Joe Harts ???

      • JonMag

        you want to watch what you post, Penfold may read it & clinch a deal

        • Peaky


  • Peaky

    Something is going to implode here shortly and Rafa will be off…..when NOT if…..

    • kingfisher

      Aye Peaky.Sometime soon there will be news on tv/radio or social media to say Rafa has either signed a new contract or he is away.God help us if he goes.Likewise there could also be news of the “potential takeover”.
      Iv’e always thought that Rafa is only staying because he knows the takeover is still possible (hopefully).
      However with the salad dodgers track record, I fear those hoping that Rafa stays and we will be taken over are going to be dissapointed on at least one or possibly both scenarios.🤔🤔🤔

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        He hasn`t said he`s staying and until he does i won`t believe anything in the media

      • FatParosite

        I think it is folly to assume Rafa will stay for the possibility of a takeover. Rafa will stay for a bigger salary & better working conditions. Don’t be fooled by “I’m fighting for the best for my club. So I am not fighting for what’s best for Rafa Benitez.” Those 2 things are not mutually exclusive.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      You seem very confident of that, I bet you £10 he is here on 30th June.

    • TheNutJob

      don`t worry leazes has already written the Toons obituary he`s just waiting till we implode

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    So after all the krap from the chron etc that Rafa is staying but hasn`t signed a contract is nonsense as here is a player saying it`s still up in the air.

    • FatParosite

      Yes, as Dubravka does not work for Bishop.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Well at the very least these quotes may mean if we see Dubravaka sign for us then he knows something positive behind the scenes?

  • panther

    I’ll bet you 5.3 million we don’t sign him

  • mentalman

    This may just be a case of if rafa stays then he will sign, if he leaves they will wait and see what the new manager wants rather than buying players a new manager doesn’t want

    • TheNutJob

      that`s a goodun, what the new manager wants, he`ll get what he`s given as those before him found out, Fatty rules

  • Philippines

    Well, let’s not look on the bright side………

    • TheNutJob

      there isn`t one & won`t be one as long as Fatty`s here

  • Wezza147

    “Everything is based on whether or not coach Rafa Benitez will stay or go.
    “All potential transfers will begin after this at the club.

    Ah so no transfers until Rafa’s future is sorted. So with everyone on holiday they will keep Rafa in limbo so they don’t have to spend.
    This regime is rotten and too coincidental to behave like this if they aren’t genuine. Which we know they’re not. All this is in spite.

  • Alex

    In the meantime, both club and his agents will be sounding others out to see what both parties could get if NUFC don’t exercise the option in time. Penfold had better not fannee around on this one.

  • JonMag

    Quinn writing in the chron, Rafa should be given £100m. wonder what that guy`s taking

    • Peaky

      The fuc*ing pyss…..

      • JonMag

        true enough, i just called by to see if Monkseaton was about, if that lad was an animal they`d put him down, he`s stone radge

    • Dillon Tovak

      I love the way the chronicles headline for the same quotes reads,
      “Why Rafa Benitez staying at Newcastle United next season is good news for Martin Dubravka”


      • Ram Kishore

        They are very good at these headlines.. why , how..😂😂

      • TheNutJob

        Aye i read it Dillon

  • robbersdog

    I really like this fella – he generates confidence throughout the defence, and I hope he signs. And if he does, Woodman should be promoted to his understudy. We made a big mistake letting Fraser Forster leave the club, and Woodman’s obvious talent should be nurtured at NUFC, and not elsewhere.

    • Leicester Mag

      We couldn’t nuture a tub of cress

  • Leicester Mag

    If Rafa leaves it will sadly lead to a disintegration of the squad. Likely Dubravka won’t sign after all his performances won’t have gone unnoticed.
    Lascelles will leave. Yet again the small actual positive progress we have made will turn to dust. 11 years of the fat Lion kings version of the circle of sh1t5.

    • Lhc

      Where is he going to go ?

  • Mrkgw

    I like Dubravka but, what is he saying here as messages are mixed? If Rafa stays he will sign – that much seems clear. But, if Rafa goes, he wont sign – forget the supporters who welcomed and cheered him on, forget the club etc. Loyalty is a funny thing in football these days – not quite enough of it for me.

    • Lhc

      I agree