Martin Dubravka first knew in December that Newcastle may be interested in signing him and he was told that by his agent.
But Dubravka did not want to build his hopes up too much and told his agent only to call him if it’s really a deal.
Martin says that on 29th January he was told the deal was on but then the Sparta Prague Director told him he would not let him leave.
Martin Dubravka – last-minute move to Newcastle
On the final day of the transfer window, he was told to get to Newcastle quickly and sign before the transfer window slammed shut.
As we now know, we signed him in the last few hours of the window, and he played magnificently for us in his debut against Manchester United.
This is how the Slovakian International described his hectic last-minute move to Newcastle:
“It was crazy,” “I tried to stay away from the information and speculation as much as I could. My agent called me in the middle of December and said ‘there are some rumors that Newcastle are interested’.”
“I said ‘yes, that’s perfect, but only call me when it is official’.”
“I tried to work hard with my team-mates during the mid-season break in Spain, but then the interest from Newcastle was in the newspapers.”
“My friends were asking me if it was real or not, and I told them I didn’t know.”
“Two days before the January window closed, my agent called me and told me that the clubs had made a deal and that I should fly very early in the morning.”
“But then the director of Sparta Prague told me ‘I will not let you go’. On January 31, I was at the training ground with my team-mates, having dinner with them.”
“Then, someone calls me and tells me ‘you have to go to Newcastle’.”
“I didn’t know if this could happen in such a short space of time, but I got on a flight and realized that it could happen. I was flying to Newcastle to make the deal happen.”
We now need to see Martin put in some consistently goo0d ep[rformabnces as he helps us avoid the drop for the 3rd time in 9 years.