Newcastle fans flocked to Twitter as they celebrate the signing of 29-year-old Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka for a £4M bargain transfer fee.
A number of fans are hoping this means Rafa will be staying since Martin had said he would only sign if Rafa Benitez was staying on (long-term) as the Newcastle manager.
There is news that Rafa wants another five players brought in this summer and if he can do that and get his top targets in – we should have a much-improved squad for next season.
A happy Rafa Benitez – after we took Chelsea apart 3-0
That’s the goal.
Here are some tweets from delighted Newcastle fans.
Dubravka is a great signing. Does this close that Benitez leaving story for good? Dubravka said that if he signed, it was cuz Benitez is stayin. Good thing happening? Well see, I belive so. #NUFC
— #NUFC Portal (@NufcPortal) May 31, 2018
— Francisco Palacios (@FJPalaciosJr) May 31, 2018
Around £4m for Dubravka, absolute bargain in today’s market! ??#NUFC
— Jade Woolley (@jadewoolley95) May 31, 2018
Woke up to the great
Delighted that Martin Dubravka has made a permanent transfer to Newcastle. An excellent goalkeeper. #nufc
— Batezen (@BateZen) May 31, 2018
— It’s not me, it’s u! (@pisspoorcompany) May 31, 2018
Dubravka is a Geordie?#nufc
— Chris fairs (@ChrisFairs07) May 31, 2018
Also, just saw #nufc signed a permanent deal with Dubravka. Hell yes. Good deal. Now get Rafa done!
— Eamus Catuli (@Sports_Haver) May 30, 2018
— Vikki #24 (@VikkiBarcode07) May 30, 2018
Please we’ve complete the signing of Martin Dúbravka, he was sensational coming in at the back end of last season. Seemed no coincidence of his arrival coinciding with our change in form. Hopefully he picks up exactly where he left of, if he does it’s an absolute steal!#NUFC
— Brian Marshall (@Bri_Marsha) May 30, 2018
Dubravka is a great signing. A proper keeper. Fingers crossed he’s only the start. #nufc
— Kind of a big deal (@grahamcrosby) May 30, 2018
#nufc Excellent news, Dubravka was a must especially after the impact he made. Hopefully the other Loan signing (Kennedy) can join him. So does this mean Rafa is staying beyond next season since Dubravka has signed until 2020? Hope so ?
— K H A N – Z (@angryZK) May 30, 2018
Nice to see Dúbravka sign. Everything looking a lot more positive now. Lets kick on and get wor business done quick for a change! #NUFC
— Anthony potts (@arpotts4) May 30, 2018
Though I will say I am very pleased we did finalise the permanent transfer. At that price, it’s a steal and Dubravka proved himself a cut above the rest of what we had. #nufc
— Matt Roberts (@atwmroberts) May 30, 2018
Really positive news that Martin Dubravka has signed at permanent deal at #NUFC. Hard to underestimate just how big an impact he had after joining on loan. Gave confidence to the back four and his accurate and speedy distribution changed the dynamics of the attacking play
— Mark Carruthers (@MarkCarruthers_) May 30, 2018
Dubravka fee will be covered by the sale of Sels. Mbemba will bring in some more, plus people like Colback and Mitro being sold will add to the Kitty! #NUFC
— Leigh Carter (@leighsamagpie) May 30, 2018