Newcastle’s new Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has been interviewed on nufcTV, and he says he has formed an excellent relationship with the other two senior goalkeepers at the club – Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot.
In fact, Karl and Rob were a great help to Dubravka when he came in on the final day of the January window, and they helped him settle in quickly at the club.
Martin has brought new skills to the goalkeeper position and Karl Darlow, in particular, is one who Rafa has said has already improved his game since Martin arrived.
Training together every day will help both Karl and Rob improve as goalkeepers.
Elliot, Dubravka, and Darlow in training with goalkeeping coach Simon Smith
And Karl Darlow is negotiating with Newcastle to extend his contract at Newcastle, which currently has two years to run.
This is some of what Dubravka has said to nufcTV:
“I had to fight for my position from the moment I signed a [loan] contract with Newcastle.”
“I was coming to a new team and the other goalkeepers were on the top level also.”
“I’m happy because Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot were very nice to me.”
“I appreciated it because we were are all in the same team, we were in a difficult situation and nobody probably expected us to be safe with five games left.”
“But even with these five games left I was still showing myself. I had to show myself because I didn’t know what would happen in the summer.”
“I had to stay focused until the very last game, and then I was just waiting for an answer from Newcastle.”
“I’m proud what we achieved as a team. Of course I’m proud that I showed I could play in the Premier League, because not that many Slovak players play in the Premier League now.”
“I’m proud that now I am looking to the future – but I have to keep going. I cannot stay like this, but I must keep fighting for my position because I need to show myself again.”
“It means a lot for me. I have played just 12 games for Newcastle and this has been something special for me.”
Dubravka has signed a four-year deal at Newcastle, and it was Rafa himself who let him know via a text that he would be getting the new deal.
Dubravka added a new dimension to the Newcastle defense and for £4M and a £2M loan fee he is an absolute bargain for the club.