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As Interest In This Player Rises – Rafa Wants Him Signed To Improved Long Term Deal

Martin Dubravka made a couple of mistakes earlier this year when he couldn’t hold a shot, and we conceded a goal against the Red Devils in what was a close game up until then.

Then Martin couldn’t hold a high cross at Wolves as the home side equalized in the 95th minutes, but it looked like the goalkeeper was fouled.

And then at Tottenham Martin allowed a shot to get under him and into the back of the net but it was a difficult shot with the ball moving all over the place.

But those are the few mistakes he has made this season in total, and he remains a top goalkeeper for Newcastle – saving us more often than not.

Rafa Benitez is attempting to sign the Slovakian to a new deal to keep him at Newcastle.

Martin Dubravka saves at home to Burnley

And there’s news in the Chronicle today that Arsenal are watching him.

Italian giants Juventus have continued to watch him, but they want Dubravka as a back-up to former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in Turin.

Martin has been a leader on and off the pitch for Newcastle since he came on loan 14 months ago and has been one of our best players.

He cost only £4M from Sparta Prague last summer – another bargain buy for Newcastle.

All goalkeepers make mistakes, but Martin doesn’t make too many of them.

Martin Dubravka’s agent Pavel Zika says the goalkeeper could leave Newcastle unless he is offered a huge new deal, with Juventus, Arsenal and a Bundesliga club interested in signing him.

But it seems like Newcastle is the player’s first choice as Zika said this as reported in the Mirror last week:

“Our effort, but also Newcastle’s endeavor, is to negotiate a new contract at the end of this season.”

“Martin came to Newcastle as a virtually unknown Czech league player, but quickly became a major player of the entire team and already has an excellent reputation throughout the English league.”

Getting Dubravka to sign a new improved deal will be one thing Rafa will want to do at the club this summer – always assuming he wants to stay with Newcastle United.

Martin was deservedly voted the North-East player of the year for 2018.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

65 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #1

    At Tottenham Martin allowed a shot to get under him and into the back of the net.
    I would have saved it in my playing days

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 23, 2019 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Pretty sure we discussed this interview with Dubravka’s agent a couple of weeks ago.

    If Rafa signs, Dubs stays. If not, he’ll be looking elsewhere IMO.

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 23, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Barnsley’s last minute winner puts them five points clear of the unwashed, who have two games in hand.
    They need to win those games or stay in the play off places. They do draw a lot of games, however…
    Would you want to gamble promotion on the play offs? Not me, for sure 🙂

  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Fabian Schar is playing in Tblisi at the moment

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 23, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Typical NUFC trying to sweep the Beardsley saga under the carpet to avoid exposure and adverse publicity. This has now backfired and will be investigated publicly by the FA and the media.

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 23, 2019 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Jib……… I thought you said you were too big and clumsy to play football. Did you mean you would have saved the Tottenham goal with sheer volume of body mass.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 23, 2019 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Great result for the kids. Hope they can use the momentum to confirm their promotion via first or second place. Would be a cracking achievement given they’ve played the second half of the season without most of their best players

  • Yorkgeordie

    Mar 23, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #9

    “Newcastle to set up new process for potential buyers……”
    So now there is to be a process to follow to make it look like the club is for sale!!

  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #10

    I should nave used quotes
    those words were meant to be Ed’s
    (he played goalie in Waaaaalker)

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 23, 2019 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Well done to the U23s, beat the league leaders and moved upto third.
    Promotion here we come!

  • Mindshaft

    Mar 23, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Well as there’s no footy today I decided to join the people’s march … The people have changed their minds , shame politicians are so out of touch with reality

  • DaveD1000

    Mar 23, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Fabby knocked unconscious

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 23, 2019 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m not getting into the leave or remain debate. Tbh I don’t know anybody who’s changed their mind, but politicians are ignoring their constituents wishes. Whether you want one or the other is neither here nor there, the promise was ‘you decide, well make it happen’. Democracy at work eh? Guy Fawkes had the right idea.

  • DaveD1000

    Mar 23, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #17

    forward that to Ayoze

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 23, 2019 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #18

    I thought unconscious players had to leave the game?

  • DaveD1000

    Mar 23, 2019 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #19

    so did I

  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2019 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #20

    If he was out cold NUFC can insist
    he doesn’t play again and returns to
    the club for monitoring.

  • hibbit

    Mar 23, 2019 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #21

    the problem with the Amanda Staveley bid was ashLIE kept moving the goalpost of what was and wasn’t included in the sale not weather they had the money or not !!

    a forensic due diligence on a company the size of NUFC would cost in access of £250k a lot to waste if your only a tyre kicker

  • posada

    Mar 23, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Is Peter Beardsley in trouble. No he is not. He would be in trouble if he was facing a criminal charge and the prospect of going to prison. If that was the case he would appear before a jury. The burden of proof would be beyond all reasonable doubt.
    He’s not facing that. It’s essentially a work place tribunal. They will listen to both sides and then decide on the balance of probabilities.
    That’s ok, but it is a process that deals with low level issues. Relative to the criminal law that is. They listen, decide who they believe and make a judgement.
    If your job is on the line or your reputation I believe the burden of proof should slide up. Perhaps not to beyond all reasonable doubt, but certainly a good part of the way.
    Look at J J Shelvey. His reputation was hit by a case that involved comments during a match. He was given the low level penalty of a five game ban, but his reputation was damaged to a greater degree.

    The club. Well that’s another matter. 14 months. These things should take weeks.
    All involved should then move on. I don’t think they had a clue what to do with it. But, they are not short of cash they should have brought in folks with the skills to do it professionally.

  • Sad Frog II

    Mar 23, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #23

    If Rafa stays, Ashely leaves

  • Sad Frog II

    Mar 23, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #24

    If Rafa stays, Ashley leaves

  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2019 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Canny crowd at SJP for the rugby

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 23, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #26

    My neighbour’s daughter’s at SJP on the bar. I reckon she’ll be busy today. A rugby crowd is different to a football one and there’s no restrictions on alcohol sales. Won’t know what’s hit her

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 23, 2019 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #27

    From earlier my comment on Beardsley seemed to spark some debate on whether he could be allowed to work again as a pundit or an ambassador.

    I’ve always believed that everyone is entitled to a second chance, within reason and bearing in mind the concerns of the victims, should they repent and try to make amends. Our society believes in rehabilitation for all but the worst criminals and this is also correct.

    If we believe that Beardsley has been more ignorant than malicious, then there’s surely a route back for him. He could even find useful employment with the kick it out campaign helping to promote understanding and tolerance and explain what led him to his errors in judgement, if he had the right support.

    I’ve never heard anyone who has met him have a bad word to say about him. Surely there’s some way back for a legend of the game?

    Too err is human, to forgive divine and all that.

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 23, 2019 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Sacrilege to allow our beautiful stadium and home of football to be used to play that daft game which is a game for toffs or those that are too big and clumsy for football.

  • Mindshaft

    Mar 23, 2019 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #29

    @jib – classic, think I learnt more from that 8 minutes than anything any MP has said in the last three years

  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2019 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Much food for thought

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 23, 2019 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #31


    Did you hear Chi speak?

  • hibbit

    Mar 23, 2019 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #32

    this is not the first time this type of accusations have been leveled against Beardsley,
    he should have learned by his mistake but obviously didn’t and just continued in the same style and it’s come back to bite him !!!!

  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2019 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #33

    Typical empty-headed comment from you
    The Falcons look rather resplendent in black and white stripes

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 23, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #34

    posada – other point re the Beardsley case.
    The club are signed up for all the anti racist stuff .
    Additionally employers have a responsibility to make sure their staff are up to date with equality issues.
    Usually a course is arranged which all employees attend.
    Thereafter the employers absolve themselves for any responsibility if a member of staff fails to follow the guidelines.
    Tubbs probably refused to pay for an “expert” to attend to give the staff the information/lecture.

  • Just a fan

    Mar 23, 2019 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Probably or probably not.
    Who knows.

  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2019 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Falcons squeak it !!!!!

  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2019 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Just a fan
    Who knows.

    Certainly not Mr Tuff

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 23, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #38

    Jib – you were goading/stalking me yesterday and you are doing it again today.

    I anticipate some fair minded poster will be on rebuking you.
    Alright – probably not – they’ll be on blaming me leading the hyena pack and hating Germans.
    I can take it.

  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2019 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Hiya toon22

  • toonluvva

    Mar 23, 2019 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #40

    If our beloved owner is still in pursuit of Debenhams, or any other retail outfit, come the end of the season he will pay for the purchase by selling one or more players.


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