Martin Dubravka has insisted that he is ‘very happy’ at Newcastle and ‘not thinking about any other club’ after receiving interest from Juventus – with him fully focused on our fight to stay up this season.
The former Sparta Prague man has been one of the few shining lights this season and has been outstanding since his arrival last January. His slight error against Manchester United was a rare dip from a player who has transformed out fortunes defensively since arriving.
Here’s what he’s had to say in a recent interview when asked about his future at the club following rumoured interest from Juventus:
“I am very happy here,”
“To be honest, I am completely focused on my job here and that is what I am concentrating on right now. I know a lot of people have been asking me if I will stay or not, but I am happy now and I am not thinking about any other club.
“For me, I am just focused 100% on doing my job for Newcastle United and making sure we stay in the Premier League.”
He is rightly now regarded as one of the top goalkeepers outside the top six in the Premier League and unless we show more ambition, it may well be hard to hold onto him.
Dubravka then responded to questions about the club’s lack of spending so far in January – saying that he will continue to fight for the club no matter what happens this month:
“We are not focused on these things because we cannot do anything about that.
“We try to train well, listen to what the gaffer says, and try to do it on the pitch. Then everything else is up to the manager and the club to see if they bring in players.
“We will see what is going to happen but what we have to do as players is to keep fighting for the points because that’s what we need.”
He always handles himself well off the pitch and has become a firm fans favourite. It is no surprise other sides are tracking him and whilst we have Ashley as an owner, selling the few NUFC players that are in demand is always possible unfortunately.
We gambled on Dubrakvka as we had no choice given the lack of investment from the board but at £4m, it must be one of the best signings we have made in recent memory.
The concern is at 29, if we don’t progress he may well seek pastures new to push himself and given how weak we are in other areas, that would be the last thing we need. He will stay until the summer at least you would imagine – so let’s hope we have new owners in place by then.