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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

  • Tsunki

    Mar 23, 2019 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #41

    Especially for Mr T an unashamed repost:-

    On Beardsley my thought is that the FA will look more dimly upon NUFC than the man himself. Not excusing any alleged behaviour by him but it does appear he has not been monitored or guided into the present day.

    The academy appears to have been stagnant and outmoded – useless in it’s methods and harbouring a closed shop with an ageing player from a bygone era at the helm, left to their own devices and crucially not keeping them abreast of the times and educated as to their attitudes and responsibilities toward their young and mixed charges.

    You expect every modern organisation to have a progressive and improving management education system, this I feel has not been the case with Beardsley who has been plodding on virtually unmonitored in his own little world with little guidance except to go through the motions of training and organising matches.

    What kind of quality system is utilised at the club? None I would suspect. A poor effort by many others than the apparent protagonist I don’t think Beardsley was using “banter” as a defence, something bigots might do to try and immunise themselves from deliberate actions, but rather he has been unaware of the changing attitudes in society, the need for monitoring propriety and keeping pace with what is acceptable. Being a bit of a bully and possibly a bit sneaky probably has put enough jam on this slice to make it worse than it was. But in the end, a company should have diligent oversight of its staffs’ methods and attitudes and be aware of the need for training them

  • Pottsclock

    Mar 23, 2019 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #42

    If Beardsley has used offensive and racist language then it is nothing but his fault. Nothing to do with the club educating employees. It’s not been acceptable for about 40 years. You’d have to live in the dark ages and not watch tv, listen to news programmes or be completely detached from society such as being locked in prison.
    I’m about the same age as Beardsley and I don’t need my employer to tell me that racist terms and language are unacceptable. They’re unacceptable to anyone with a brain in modern society who respects those around them. End of. Why is it someone else’s or the club’s fault? Beardsley should take personal responsibility.

  • Just a fan

    Mar 23, 2019 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #43

    Jib stop goading stalking Mr tuff.
    He caught you watching him outside Primark.
    He is a pillor of society.
    A high court judge I’ve heard it said.
    So decise and demise.
    Whatever that means.

  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2019 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #44

    cease and desist

  • toon22

    Mar 23, 2019 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #45

    I find it funny how they are trying to cling onto the sale lie

    The club hasnt been up for sale yet,not even close

    You think he will just walk away from all of that TV money that keeps rolling in ?

    Me neither

  • toon22

    Mar 23, 2019 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #46

    He seems more than happy to snap up just about anything in retail

    But we seem to struggle to spend what we make as a company

    Wonder where all that cash magically comes from ?

  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2019 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #47

    Hiya Mr Tuff

  • toon22

    Mar 23, 2019 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #48

    So next time MA pretends to sell the club they are going to have vetted buyers ?

    You think people with money are going to jump through that particular hoop ?

    How do you think someone like the Mansours would view that particular insult ??

  • toon22

    Mar 23, 2019 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #49

    Hiya KBA

    Hows the next sale lie shaping up,you seem to have all the “info”

  • toon22

    Mar 23, 2019 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #50


    Didnt you claim we were defo sold last time,must of missed the sale

    Who bought us again ??

    Are they going to buy us again next time ??

  • toon22

    Mar 23, 2019 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #51

    Tyne Talk
    Mike Ashley set to remove the glue that’s keeping Newcastle United just about intact


    Its never MAs fault

  • toon22

    Mar 23, 2019 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #52

    Debenhams rejects Mike Ashley’s £100m bid for its Danish arm


    This is the guy who claims to only have wallpaper money,he suddenly seems to be rolling in the stuff

    Ever wondered where all that cash magically appears from ?

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 23, 2019 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #53

    Tsunki – cannot disagree with your viewpoint.

    Pottsclock – your viewpoint is that of someone showing intelligence about issues. I have no doubt a lot of people do not have to be told by anyone about how to behave properly and respect others.

    However, the Equality Act 2010 lays down legal instructions etc as to how employees and other groups of people are treated – so there is an overall responsiblity to employers to be up to speed on these issues.

    But as you say well minded folk would know how to conduct themselves without being told.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 23, 2019 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #54
  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 23, 2019 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #55

    Obviously an exception to the Equality Act is taking the p**s out of Jib and other thickos.

  • Just a fan

    Mar 23, 2019 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #56

    Oh my god no.
    Not the equality act of twenty ten.
    It’s on my birthday. So depressing.
    Please let us go back to burning witches.
    Life was so much easier then.
    Apart from the plague and constant pain and early death.

  • Sad Frog II

    Mar 23, 2019 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #57

    If Rafa goes Ashley stays

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 23, 2019 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #58

    My best bet is that beardo will cop it. No smoke without fire and nobody of relevance to the situation has supported him. The club had a duty to investigate this but shirked their responsibility, disgracefully. They have a duty to their employees in this respect. Ashley probably liked beardo for his public support so did nothing to investigate and protect the clubs name. Whatever beardo has or hasn’t done, the industrial language /banter/victim of his age etc, won’t cut it for him.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 24, 2019 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #59

    “Shirked their responsibility, disgracefully.” Not sure about that Munster. Pedro probably was casually racist, but the club would have to be certain of improper conduct beyond all reasonable doubt, and also we are talking about an all-time club great and senior coach here. He has lost his job, and his reputation is tarnished. No small thing at all, and the club will have known the FA was watching closely, as was the press. It’s in the FA’s hands now, rightly. Hardly a whitewash, more a very delicate and unhappy situation yet to be fully resolved, surely.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 24, 2019 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #60

    Nicky, but what did the club do to investigate? After about 2 months I said that any normal I stitution would have gathered the facts and made an interpretation of some form within two weeks. Club hero etc? So was shearer, and Fats gave him short shrift. Keegan? Same, and far worse. I reckon beardo is in the brown stuff but I hope I’m wrong. Either was Ashley has done little to help and u can take it that the southern press will be fast to vilify a northernmost club whom they don’t love. Nufc is not considered a bastion of race relations and is more almost certainly identified with a Leeds than an Arsenal.

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2019 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #61

    I think the process at the club took so long
    because from the outset Pedro had his lawyers
    involved and denied everything.

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2019 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #62

    The club did however act quickly in suspending
    him from his duties

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2019 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #63

    Dummett vs Dubravka at 2pm
    in the 35000 seater home of the Bluebirds
    Cardiff City Stadium

    With the Welsh crowd fired up by their
    rugby success last week.
    It should be some atmosphere.

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2019 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #64

    If this had happened to Fabian Schar
    on a rugby pitch he’d be out for weeks.
    Amazingly footy has no guidelines on this

  • Ben Afri

    Mar 24, 2019 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #65

    The first time I read your view that Beardsley should become our ambassador or a pundit, I disagreed with you but I didn’t say anything because that is just an opinion. But after reading your second point, I have to agree. We are way to quick to blackball people and ruin their careers because of a slip up such as a comment or a behavioural issue. I do agree that everyone deserves a second chance, provided they own it and apologise.

    I look at the Liam Neeson fiasco that followed his admittance that after his friend was raped in the 80’s, he actively tried to illicit a mugging with a black man so that he could react. When he admitted this, he had already been through the rehabilitation period. What happened was that everyone took this out of context and called for action against him.

    With this in mind, provided Beardsley takes ownership of his behaviour and apologises, I don’t see why he should not be given a chance.


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