Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has made it clear that he hopes to make he hopes to earn a permanent move to the club this summer – stating how he ‘really hopes’ to stay at St James’ Park beyond his 6-month loan deal.
The Slovakian international made an immediate impressed on his debut against Manchester Utd almost two weeks ago, keeping a clean sheet in an outstanding display over Mourinho’s men.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth, he’s made it clear once again that he will be giving his all to turn his current loan deal into a permanent one come the end of the season:
“I appreciate the opportunity, and I will try to do my best to stay. Hopefully, it will not just be a loan,”
“I really hope I get to stay longer than six months. It’s a huge opportunity for my life.”
It’s early days for the 29-year-old, but if he can maintain anywhere near the level of performance he put in against Man Utd then I’m quite sure the club will be paying the rumoured £4m fee to secure his services.
Dubravka then continued, admitting that he was very happy with his debut, but now plans to ‘get used’ to playing with the best players in the Premier League and maintaining that level of performance:
“It was a big opportunity for me to come to this big club with great history and very good players,”
“I was very happy and very satisfied that I could compete with the best players in the Premier League.
“Now I’m here and trying to get used to it.”
One thing that should work in his favour is his perceived calmness and grounded approach. He spoke well and seemed very measured in his interviews after the win over Man Utd – a sign that he won’t get carried away, as he must have been on cloud nine at that point!
Good luck to the lad. He’s clearly ready to seize his chance in England, so hopefully he can continue from where he left off in the big game at Bournemouth on Saturday.