Martin Dubravka assesses Newcastle United situation as missing for Slovakia
Martin Dubravka has arguably been Rafa Benitez’ best signing for Newcastle United (so far…).
First arriving on loan on 31 January 2018, the goalkeeper was thrown in the deep end 11 days later.
Newcastle deep in relegation trouble, they faced Man Utd and a man of the match performance and clean sheet was key to that 1-0 win which set NUFC on the road to safety.
Reflecting back to 16 months ago, Martin Dubravka says ‘a great debut and I feel that the time has flown’ since moving to st james Park.
The stats speak for themselves.
Last season only Everton and Wolves of those clubs outside the top four conceded less than Newcastle’s/Dubravka’s 48 against.
Whilst having started all 50 of Newcastle’s last 50 Premier League matches including that debut, Martin Dubravka has only conceded 59 in 50, quite remarkable for a club fighting relegation this past year and a half.
The keeper has spoken recently of having a few injuries to get over now having played week in week out for Newcastle and on Friday night he was missing both from the team and bench, as Slovakia recovered from a goal down to score five in the final 40 minutes in a friendly against Jordan.
It remains to be seen if he was just rested and whether Martin Dubravka will feature when Slovakia face Azerbaijan in a Euro qualifier on Tuesday.
Back in March, the keeper’s agents said (see below) that they were expected offers to come in from ‘top’ clubs this summer AND that Dubravka would be handed an enhanced contract from Newcastle as reward for his contribution since since signing permanently 13 months ago.
As the silence from Newcastle United this summer, on all subjects…is deafening, nothing has been said about the number one goalkeeper.
The fact remains that after a career of playing in lower league, Martin Dubravka will be desperate to make up for lost time now he has hit the Premier League.
A new contract for him is surely a top priority when/if we have a conclusion to the ownership and managerial issues.
With players (Dubravka £4m, Schar £3m, Hayden £4m, Longstaff £0, Rondon loan) costing next to nothing helping to form the spine of the team last season, it is essential that Newcastle do their level best to ensure all of them (Hayden’s family issues obviously need to be noted) if possible are helping to form a core of the team next season.
“I am happy.
“I have had one and a half years here.
“When I came here I was a new player [to the Premier League], now I have played the whole [of the 2018/19] season and obviously I want to be in goal for every game.
“I did not expect that I would be in goal every game…I was waiting for my chance which came against Manchester United after one week.
“A great debut and I feel that the time has flown.
“I’m very glad I could play every game. I appreciate it.
“I was coming to England as an unknown player and I am glad that I could be part of a fantastic squad and fantastic dressing room.
“I was playing every game and some of the games for the national team, so I have a few injuries.”
Martin Dubravka agents, David and Filip Zik – 15 March 2019:
‘Juventus are said to be interested in Martin Dubravka, Newcastle’s goalkeeper. Is this information true?’
“We can confirm that Martin is on the Juventus Scouting Department’s list of long-term player targets. However, we must mention that he is not only monitored Juventus, but there are also Premier League clubs.
“Our personal tip [for Dubravka] with my brother is that Martin stays in England.
“Our effort, but also Newcastle’s endeavor, is to negotiate a new contract at the end of this season, as Martin came to Newcastle as a virtually unknown Czech league player, but quickly deservedly became a major player of the entire team and already has an excellent reputation throughout the English league .
“So we are gradually starting to negotiate an improved contract, but of course, on the other hand, we record interest from a number of other clubs in the English league, where it is also bound by events at the goal post in the club, whether to replace their existing one, etc. Martin Dubravka is in agreement that our goal is to prove as much as possible in England.
“Even though Martin’s interest from one of the top German Bundesliga clubs has been eminent over time, Martin has told us that he does not feel that his career is going to move towards Germany, that he would like to continue in England, which is the cradle of football and in which goalkeepers already historically privileged.
“Recently, we have recorded interest from even the biggest clubs from the English league, ie clubs for the title and European Cups, and if Martin is going to do everything like now, we believe that there may be a very interesting top club offer for Martin.”
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