Interest from Serie A giants Juventus has been reported for some time now, however the Chronicle did state over the weekend that Arsenal have also been watching the Slovakian this season.
The same piece stated that Newcastle United were ‘calm’ about his future – with it reported recently that he’s keen to discuss a contract extension – although interest from two European giants is a slight concern.
Here’s what Rafa’s had to say in response to it all:
“Agents have to do their jobs, but Martin is OK,”
“For me, he is fully concentrated on his job, and it’s like when people ask me about players like Salomon Rondon. Players may finish contracts and will have to go back. But in this case, Martin still has a contract here.”
“And because he is doing well people start talking about them so that is good news for us. But the best way for the player to carry on with good publicity is to do your job properly. So it’s making saves or scoring goals for us for others,”
Dubravka really has been a revelation. Aside from the odd error, he’s barely put a foot wrong over the last year.
Any mistakes stand out due to how infrequent they’ve been over the past season and a half, and that’s credit to him and shows just how faultless he’s been 99% of the time.
He seems a brilliant professional, a calm and composed character – both on and off the pitch – and has shown what a well rounded goalkeeper he is; whether it be his reflexes, his ability to claim crosses, communicate from the back or come quickly off his line.
Given Woodman’s future may lie elsewhere and both Darlow and Elliot are two considerable downgrades on Dubravka, let’s hope he sticks around for a while longer yet.