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.
87 comments so far
Bills Son Is Back
Aug 5, 2019 at 12:53 PMComment #81
Perez talks about ambition at his new club?
Is that the club that has sold McGuire, Mahrez, Kante and Drinkwater and would have sold Vardy had he not decided to turn down Arsenal’s offer?
Sounds like ambition to stay a mid table team after that miraculous title win.
Aug 5, 2019 at 12:55 PMComment #82
Dein Geheimnis ist bei mir sicher – mein Freund
Bills Son Is Back
Aug 5, 2019 at 12:56 PMComment #83
hibbit – you say supporters who attend matches from now on will have to live with their conscience?
Don’t think so.
I, and I’m sure the vast majority of fans, have absolutely no conscience whatsoever about supporting NUFC at games.
Don’t tar us with your brush.
Aug 5, 2019 at 12:56 PMComment #84
Never mind the local businesses and workers (though they have my sympathy).
If we’re going to get anything out of the game on Sunday we need to create the best atmosphere we can. That means 52,000 screaming Geordies.
Boycott the Boycott
Aug 5, 2019 at 12:56 PMComment #85
I don’t think anyone said Benitez didn’t have faults. We were realistic. But on a scale of competency he’s been the best since SBR. I don’t count any since because they all got stuffed by Mike. He lasted longer than O imagined under that remit. It’s the constant chiming about stuff that really wasn’t appropriate that started to grate quickly. It was constant. Still is and he’s gone!
Aug 5, 2019 at 12:58 PMComment #86
I’ll stand this up for discussion.
Ashley Out and #boycott arsenal and the like.
Should the objective be to get Ashley Out.
It makes it easy for Ashley. He can’t get out so just blanks everyone.
Should the objective be to get Ashley to engage with the supporters. We stuck with the club during relegation. Tell us what your strategy is.
Every last penny – does it still apply.
The accounts are bomb proof he said last week – don’t tell us show us.
Who makes the decisions on players etc etc.
That would at least give him a problem as it’s hard to dismiss that.
Aug 5, 2019 at 1:08 PMComment #87
I think everyone has to make their own decision on the boycott and everyone on all sides has to accept others decisions.
My personal view is it will have very little effect on Ashley and cause more damage to the team, local people and fan base than to Ashley.
If someone could give me a long term plan or realistic route to an endgame and realistic reason why any action would make Ashley sell any quicker I’d listen.