Martin Dubravka’s main aim is to sign a long-term contract at Newcastle in the summer so he can stay and keep playing on Tyneside.
So the Slovakian International has until May to prove he should be signed.
The last goalkeeper Rafa brought in was 18 months ago, but Matz Sels from Gent didn’t have a good time of it at Newcastle.
He is on loan for the season at Anderlecht where Matz is trying to return to his best form, and he’s played 22 games for the Belgium side this season, so he’s getting playing time.
Martin Dubravka – wants his Newcastle move made permanent
Dubravka is getting a full week of training in this week before Rafa decides whether to give the Slovakian International his debut on Sunday against Manchester United at home.
This is what Martin has said in a lengthy interview, as reported in the Northern Echo today:
“It’s exciting to be here, it is a big club particularly in my own country.”
“I appreciate the opportunity and I will try to do my best to stay here and 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.”
“The coach hasn’t said to me to prove myself over the six months, nothing like that. I do have to show myself and to the people that I can do this because this is what I want in my life.”
“I have played for smaller clubs before in my own country, Sparta Prague is a big club but this is a big step for me.”
“The Premier League is an amazing league and I got to see at Palace straightaway how hard you have to fight for every point.”
“It has been perfect so far, it’s completely different to wherever else I have been at other clubs before.”
“It is very professional, the guys are all quality and we train hard on the training ground.
“It’s about being 100% every day and I am happy about that because I am determined to prove myself. I am delighted to be here.”
“We are all competing for the shirt but we are all one team also.”
“I will support Karl if he is in the goal. He will get 100% of my support, whoever it is in goal will.”
“It’s up to the coach who will be in goal. We are a team though and we will stick together. I only had three training sessions with the team before the Palace game.”
“It can take a little longer than I am used to, to get used to the sessions and the other guys, but I will do my best to be ready and to play. I want to show the coach I can play.”
“I have played before in England, Scotland and other countries also.
“It shouldn’t be a problem to adapt, even though I have only been here a few days. I will get used to it and I really hope that I will be fine within a few days.”
“Everything is going in a good way. I try to be ready on the training ground to show the coach, the players that they can count on me.”
“It was nice to be at Palace even though I was on the bench I felt part of the team.”
“It would have been nice to have won that game, we could have because we scored the first goal. Sometimes that’s the game.”
It will be interesting to see what Rafa has to say at his press conference tomorrow afternoon for the tough game on Sunday against the Red Devils.
Jose Mourinho has never won at Newcastle, so we hope we can keep it that way on Sunday – we need the points.