The future of Martin Dubravka at Newcastle United has been up in the air heading into the summer, but it sounds like he wants to stay at St James’ Park.
The 2022/23 season was an interesting one for Dubravka. It saw him leave Newcastle and inadvertently win the Carabao Cup with Manchester United, as well as returning to Tyneside and helping the Magpies qualify for the Champions League.
He lost his place as the Magpies’ first choice goalkeeper at the start of the season, with Eddie Howe opting to go with summer recruit Nick Pope. It proved to be the right choice, as the England international enjoyed a spectacular debut year.
That resulted in Dubravka temporarily leaving Newcastle, joining Manchester United on loan as he went in search of regular first-team football. However, he did not get that at Old Trafford and his deal was terminated when the January transfer window opened.
The Slovakian has since been back at Newcastle, acting as deputy to Pope. Dubravka made two appearances for the Magpies, coming off the bench against Liverpool in February and starting the final game of the season away to Chelsea.
But with Pope set to continue as Newcastle’s number one, it has been unclear whether or not Dubravka would once again seek a move away from the North East. However, it sounds like he is happy to stay where he is.
Martin Dubravka not looking to leave Newcastle
Dubravka has spoke to the Chronicle about his future, and admitted that he would like to stay at St James’ Park rather than leave this summer.
“If you want to ask me, I am not desperate to leave the club,” he said.
“I am very attached to this club. I had different offers (to leave) in previous years when we were competing to survive in the Premier League.
“But this club means something to me. As I say for now, for me it is enjoying the moment because it’s been a tough season for me personally. At the same time, it was an incredible season for my colleagues. So it is a little bit of mixed feelings but I always put my team ahead of me.”
Dubravka added: “For myself as well, I still want to be part of the team. It is going to be interesting for everyone because everyone wants to be involved. We will have much more games to play so we need to have the squad as well.”
Newcastle should keep him
It would be unwise of Newcastle to get rid of the £4million man this summer. He has stated that he would like to stay, and he is obviously aware that would mean being second choice behind Pope.
But he is likely to play more next season, with the Magpies set to play more games due to their European involvement. It is vital that we have a strong squad, which is why Dubravka is an excellent option to have as reserve goalkeeper.