The Chronicle have a report out with some encouraging comments from our Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
He clears up some of the speculation surrounding his links to PSG which is very good news indeed. Martin has been linked to PSG as a replacement for Kevin Trapp should he join Frankfurt this summer.
He made some comments after Saturday’s final pre-season friendly suggesting that he was excited about the upcoming season.
These additional statements will also help to alleviate some concerns of losing our goalkeeper over the next few days. This is what he has said about the reports of him going to PSG over the past few weeks.
“Social media is a dangerous thing.
“I’ve seen some pictures on there that suggested I was in Paris Airport.
“It’s just not true. If you look at the pictures and the signs in the background it is in Slovakia – where I am from.
“It makes me laugh. Look I’ve got a contract here and I’m happy here.
“I was not even thinking about leaving Newcastle. I’m ready to start the new season here.
“What will happen after that is not up to me, I am just trying to be ready on the pitch.”
We are very happy that both Martin and Fabian Schar have recently spoken about their commitment to Newcastle. Both are really big players for this season and we were very concerned that at least one if not both would be sold this summer.
A lot of the speculation regarding Dubravka stemmed from him not featuring in a few of the preseason friendlies. Steve Bruce did try to assuage any concerns by declaring that he was just rotating keepers and there was nothing sinister in Martin’s absence.
Dubravka affirms what Bruce had said in the following statement.
“It was the plan to see the other goalkeepers, to see what was going to happen if I would not be able to play.
“Hopefully, I will be in the starting line-up against Arsenal.
“I was not even thinking about it. They explained to me what was the way and how to play, and they wanted to see the other goalkeepers.
“I accepted that. I was training pretty hard. I was trying to do the best.
“I want to be on the pitch. They get a chance to show themselves, and I was trying to show myself.”
We hope that nothing arises over the next few days linking any of our first-team players to other clubs. This has been a good transfer window so far and we still hope for a couple more signings.
Most importantly we need to keep this squad intact as it has the makings of a decent and very exciting side.