It’s getting to be a little bit ridiculous that Newcastle United are spending this amount of time in signing up Rafa Benitez to a new contract at Newcastle.
Let’s just say it does not reflect well on the hierarchy running the club – and we will move on.
30-year-old goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and he has been thankful he played in most of the games last season.
In fact, he played in all of the 38 Premier League games and has a total of 50 appearances (all starts) for Newcastle United.
The 17 times capped Slovakian International goalkeeper has had a good 16 months playing for Newcastle and looks a top goalkeeper.
Martin had a lapse in his form at the beginning of the year when he made a few mistakes.
But his strong character and determination showed through and with help from the boss he quickly recovered and had a great last four months of the season.
Rafa Benitez talking to Martin Dubravka after Burnley game
This is what he said in the Chronicle today when asked about his relationship with Mr. Benitez:
“I am very happy that I have played in most of the games.” “I really appreciate it.
“Obviously I came to England as an unknown player and I’m trying to build my reputation here.”
“I am glad for that.”
“It is a big stat (being 9th in PL since last Xmas).”
“Good stats will be helpful for us going forward and looking ahead to next season as well.”
“Let’s just go into next season and get as many points as possible.”
There have been reported early this summer that Rafa is interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who has 3 caps for Germany.
Rafa may think Dubravka needs more competition to keep him on his toes in the Newcastle goal.
We think Kevin would be a good buy for Newcastle – he’s an outstanding goalkeeper.