Martin Dubravka is Newcastle’s first signing of the summer, and the Slovakian goalkeeper signed a four-year deal with the transfer fee being a bargain £4M.
It was a few weeks after the season ended so the 29-year-old wasn’t exactly sure it was going to happen.
And in his interview on nufcTV Dubravka has said it was Rafa Benitez himself who informed him of the deal via a text.
That was a day before the deal was announced by the club.
That was a nice touch coming from Rafa, and we can only imagine how delighted Martin was when he got the message.
Rafa Benitez congratulates Martin Dubravka after his magnificent debut against Man United
This is some of what he has said in his nufcTV interview:
“He (Benitez) sent me a message one day before the official news came out so he told me that the next day it would happen.”
“I was pleased that he told me before because then I had a lot of calls and messages to answer once it happens, so it was good to know this answer from him.”
“Once he sent me the message, I knew it was happening rather than it coming all of a sudden. So I’m happy.”
“It’s amazing to be wanted by him. He’s amazing, he’s the boss and he’s a very important person.”
“Everybody knows how important he is, everybody in Newcastle wants him to stay as long as is possible.”
“My team-mates and myself also want him to stay in Newcastle.”
“Since I came he tried to explain to me what he expects from me. He helped me a lot from the very beginning and I am looking forward to working with him.”
“Simon Smith (goalkeeper coach) and all the players and all the staff. They are on the top level.”
“I was very happy because I had to be ready for the national-team games as we had two international games and I had to be ready for that.
“But I wanted to know about my future.”
“I got a lot of information that was supposed to be on the contract, but it wasn’t, so until the last moment I was waiting for confirmation – and then suddenly it happened.”
“So I’m glad that I could be ready for the games for my national team in my mind and now I’m looking forward to going back again to meet up with my Newcastle team-mates.”
“I just tried to do my best, show myself in the games and give everything for my team-mates, for the clubs, and for the fans.”
“They are supporting us in every game. I am happy – I am very happy.”
Dubravka is on International duty with Slovakia, and he had a great game against the Netherlands in the 1-1 draw.
There was another friendly last night with Slovakia losing 2-1 against Morocco, but it appears that Dubravka did not play in that game.
There is uncertainty about something every summer at Newcastle and for the third summer running it’s about whether Rafa Benitez will be staying at the club.
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