Martin Dubravka took to social media after completing his signing for Newcastle yesterday, and he says he was both honored and relieved to sign for Newcastle United.
It was almost 100% certain that Rafa wanted to sign the Slovakian International goalkeeper after his excellent performances for us on loan, but in the world of football you never really know.
Martin took to Newcastle and the fans immediately once he arrived on the last day of the January transfer window.
And as Rafa had predicted one or two good players can make the difference to the team.
And that’s what happened when we brought in Kenedy from Chelsea and Dubravka from Sparta Prague in January on loan.
They both played really well and helped us get the wins we needed to survive and indeed finish in a respectable 10th place in the Premier League.
Rafa Benitez congratulates Martin Dubravka after terrific debut against Man United
As might be expected the 29-year-old was over the moon yesterday signing for Newcastle and this is a massive opportunity for our new goalkeeper.
This is what Martin said on social media:
“I feel proud, honored and relieved by the decision to make the move to Tyneside permanent.”
“It’s a fantastic moment and I am glad to stay with you, Toon Army.”
“It’s been an exciting few months and I hope we will build on our performances in the next season.”
“Thank you for the unbelievable reactions throughout this period and after the season, it just feels right and I will continue to work hard for Newcastle and for the gaffer!
“Thank you for everything!”
Dubravka is a Rafa Benitez type of player – his character is outstanding, his work ethic is fantastic, and he is a team player who is determined to improve his game on Tyneside under Rafa’s coaching.
We need three or four more players like Martin brought in this summer and we could do very well next season.
Let’s hope one of them is Kenedy.