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Martin Dubravka celebrates Newcastle transfer with superb performance 24 hours later for Slovakia

2 years ago
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Martin Dubravka signed up for four years at Newcastle on Wednesday, supporters relieved to see the keeper confirmed after an outstanding loan spell.

Dubravka was in action 24 hours later for his country.

The former Sparta Prague player making it into double figures for Slovakia with his 10th senior appearance, as they took on Holland in a friendly.

Former Newcastle players Daryl Janmaat and Patrick van Aanholt started for Holland, whilst Gini Wijnaldum was on the bench.

In a very open game, Slovakia took the lead after only eight minutes through Adam Nemec, with Quincy Promes getting an excellent 59th minute equaliser, Martin Dubravka could do nothing about his curling 25 yard effort.

With such open play there was plenty of action in both goalmouths, with Dubravka arguably man of the match.

Maybe the pick of his saves when keeping a free-kick out of the top corner (watch highlights below – you can see it at 3,50).

As well as saves, the Newcastle keeper was his usual excellent self when sweeping behind his defence and dealing with balls into the box.

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30 May 2018 – Official Newcastle United statement:

Rafa Benítez:

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

“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.

“The loan deal with an option to buy was the perfect deal for the club.

“It is credit to Lee Charnley and also Steve Nickson for putting that in place because it gave me and my staff the opportunity to look at him and work with him and see how he would perform for us before committing to signing him permanently.

“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.”

Dúbravka began his career with hometown club MŠK Žilina and featured in the 2010/11 Champions League.

He spent two years in Denmark with Esbjerg fB, before moving to Czech side Slovan Liberec ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

After making 28 appearances for the Modrobílí, he joined domestic rivals Sparta in summer 2017 and joined the Magpies initially on loan at the turn of the year.

Dúbravka has been capped ten times by Slovakia, and played against England at Wembley in a qualifier for this summer’s World Cup.

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