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Rafa Benitez gives welcome message to Martin Dubravka via his own personal website

4 years ago
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Martin Dubravka is now officially a Newcastle United player.

A day before his loan spell was due to end, it was confirmed that NUFC had signed the goalkeeper on a permanent four year deal.

After an impressive 12 game spell with only 11 goals conceded, it was a no-brainer of a deal.

It was the 24 May 2017 when Rafa Benitez made his first signing of last summer, when Christian Atsu saw his loan converted into a permanent contract for a £6m transfer fee.

This time it is Martin Dubravka, six days later this year – for a reported transfer fee of around £4m, hopefully this is the start of real positivity this summer.

Rafa Benitez via his own personal website:

“We’re delighted to finalise the permanent signing of Martin Dubravka to Newcastle United.

“Ever since he arrived with us on loan he has shown a fantastic attitude and great work ethic, and of course we have been very impressed with his performances for us on the pitch last season.

“This was one of the key positions we had identified we needed to strengthen and had been concerned about, so it is excellent news that we are able now to sign him on a permanent basis.

“It has been very good business for the club and we now say congratulations to Martin and look forward to having him with us for the long term at Newcastle United. COME ON TOONS!!!”

The Mag – 30 May 2018:

Martin Dubravka has signed a permanent deal with Newcastle United!

The Slovakian international agreeing to stay on beyond his loan deal.

Great news after an outstanding three months after making his debut v Man Utd.

Official Newcastle United Announcement:

Newcastle United have completed the permanent signing of Slovakia international goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka.

The 29-year-old becomes the Magpies’ first signing of the summer on a contract to June 2022 after the club activated its option to sign him.

Dúbravka initially joined the club on loan from Czech side Sparta Prague in January 2018 and he quickly became an important member of Rafa Benítez’s squad.

He kept a clean sheet on his debut with an impressive performance in a 1-0 home win over Manchester United and went on to make 12 Premier League appearances as the Magpies finished tenth in the top flight.

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