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Goalkeeper Thankful For Newcastle Opportunity – Now To Sign Top Winger

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.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Jun 5, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Deserved to earn a permanent deal.We have been missing a true No1 since Given

  • Jib

    Jun 5, 2018 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #2

    My god where does the time go ?
    It’s a year since Cheick Tiote passed on !!!

  • Offkey

    Jun 5, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Munster – jib found just one comment, there are many others. It’s either;

    1. You cant express yourself in writing correctly, hence giving numerous others the wrong impression.


    2. You expressed yourself clearly and what people are saying about you having an ‘issue’ with Rafa is true.

    Yes, you started to give more credit……as the season went on but it just seemed like you covering your ar#e as you called it wrong.

    ‘Great goal by shearer, but he misses far to many’……is something that sounds like it could come from you

  • Geordie-john

    Jun 5, 2018 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Given was good for us but Dubravka is even better. He can save a penalty !

  • BeeGuy

    Jun 5, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Sounds like NUFC are back to the late signings of the “best of the worst” hoping Rafa can find just enough quality in them to secure a solid 17th place finish.

    Ashley is also trying to sell the club as if it were as valuable as it should be. Get top price for not making the investments seems to be his style.


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