We are off and running as Newcastle finally sealed their first deal of the summer transfer window, signing 29-year-old goalkeeper Martin Dubravka of Sparta Prague for what is thought to be a bargain £4M.
Martin played 12 times for us on loan last season, and he made a massive difference at the back with his leadership, confidence, and control.
His debut against Manchester United was a performance to remember as we won the game 1-0 and Martin kept a clean sheet and looked terrific.
He has signed a four-year deal through 2022.
Martin Dubravka – signed yesterday on a four-year deal
This is what Rafa Benitez has said about his new goalkeeper:
“We’re delighted to finalize the permanent signing of Martin to Newcastle United today.”
“Ever since he arrived with us on loan he has shown a fantastic attitude and great work ethic, and of course we have been very impressed with his performances for us on the pitch last season.”
“This was one of the key positions we had identified we needed to strengthen and had been concerned about, so it is excellent news that we are able now to sign him on a permanent basis.”
“The loan deal with an option to buy was the perfect deal for the club.”
“It is credit to Lee Charnley and also Steve Nickson for putting that in place because it gave me and my staff the opportunity to look at him and work with him.”
“We were able and see how he would perform for us before committing to signing him permanently.”
“It has been very good business for the club and we now say congratulations to Martin and look forward to having him with us for the long term at Newcastle United.”
Those are good (great) comments from Rafa Benitez, and it’s nice to see he has praised Managing Director Lee Charnley and Steve Nickson – our Head of Recruitment.
Martin is a bargain buy, and an excellent signing for us and his attitude and professionalism are first class.
Let’s hope there are a lot more of these type of signings this summer.