Martin Dubravka is Newcastle’s only signing so far but Rafa is pushing hard to get more players into the club quickly.
After what happened last year when he almost had Tammy Abraham signed on loan and free agent goalkeeper Willy Caballero almost signed.
But we managed to miss out on both players because we were too slow and laborious in closing the deals – and Rafa was not happy.
Abraham ended up at Swansea on loan for the season and Caballero joined Chelsea as the number two goalkeeper to Belgian International Thibaut Courtois.
It should come as no surprise to Newcastle fans that the Newcastle hierarchy are again moving at a snail’s pace to sign Rafa Benitez to a new contract.
We hope that doesn’t impact on the summer transfer business, but the uncertainty over Rafa’s future will not help.
Martin Dubravka – in action for Slovakia recently
Back to more positive things, and top goalkeeper Dubravka had this to say when interviewed by nufcTV:
“It’s hard to explain what is in my mind now. When I signed a contract a long time ago in January, nobody knew what was going to happen in the summer.”
“Then I was waiting also for what would happen. I’m happy that I’m a Newcastle United player now, all ready for the four years and really looking forward to this journey.”
“Of course I wanted this to happen since January. I said from the first moment that I didn’t know if this move would only be for half-a-year or how long I would stay in Newcastle.”
Well, it seems it’s going to be for at least four and a half years now and Martin could well become one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.
His 12 performances for Newcastle this year were outstanding and he had an immediate positive effect on not only the defense – but the whole team.
His first game in the 1-0 win at home to Manchester United is now history and he was simply magnificent on his debut – and he kept up that form throughout the season.
And let’s hope we can also sign Robert Kenedy from Chelsea.
The 22-year-old Brazilian keeps saying really good things about Newcastle and that he enjoyed being coached by Rafa Benitez.
Kenedy said more than once that Rafa is like a father figure to him.
And Rafa has already told him the best club for him is Newcastle United because he will get plenty of first-team games on Tyneside.
We now hope he takes the advice of his Newcastle father.