Martin Dubravka has told Slovakian press that he’s “heard” Rafa Benitez could be on his way back to Newcastle United.
Our man between the sticks also spoke about his Champions League dreams and the potential of NUFC, discussing how the ‘new owners’ could get us competing in Europe once again – something we haven’t done since the 12/13 campaign.
Speaking to Sport.SK, here’s what he had to say about the takeover rumours – and talk of a return for Rafa Benitez:
“Of course, the available information we have suggests that it was not so close. Everything will depend on the final signature because being close to the sale does not mean it is being sold.
“I know of interest from the Middle East side, but it is supposed to be a combination of three sides.
“We will see if this happens and under what circumstances. “If that happens, I will wonder what the new owner will be like. ”
“A club like Newcastle United would deserve to return to its former glory.”
“People may not realise it, but since I have the opportunity to work in this team, I see how huge the club is, what legends it has, the fan base, the whole city is committed to it, so I enjoy such news.
“I would like Newcastle to be able to get back to the places he was in the past.
“I believe that if it comes to sale, the new owner will have the ambition to get the club up and back to European competitions.
“If this happens and the club sells, it will probably come with a huge supply of finance.
“When you think about the possession of a new possible owner, it is not surprising.
“But I heard that Rafael Benitez could also come back. There is a lot of speculation, so let’s be surprised at the outcome.”
“These are all conjectures and we will see what happens.
“We will probably learn more in the coming weeks. I’m curious myself.”
Dubravka then talked about his dreams and ambitions, revealing how he plans to play in the Champions League one day:
“I would like to repeat it because it is something special,”
“When you can be part of the atmosphere and listen to the anthem of the Champions League, it’s something unique.
“I firmly believe that I will succeed in those six years, that is, during the term of my contract.
“”I’ve always had the highest goals and ambitions and it would be nice if I could get into this huge competition with Newcastle United.”
The Slovak recently signed a six year deal at the club and appears settled in the North East, so you can be sure that he would be here for the long run whether we get taken over or not.
He is a quality goalkeeper, certainly the best we’ve had since Given in my opinion, and I genuinely believe he is a player capable of playing for a top six side – he’s better than Kepa!
Whether he has inside knowledge on the Bruce/Benitez remains unknown, however it’s likely he’s just responding to what he’s read online.
After all, it would be unlikely for our players to have any inside information, especially considering Bruce himself is being left in the dark.
The thought of Dubravka in goal, Rafa on the touchline and a Saudi billionaire in the stands does have a good ring to it mind..