'Most famous' - International star raves over Newcastle in plea for transfer switch
Newcastle United’s on-loan goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has been raving over the club as he revealed his desire to secure a permanent transfer switch in the summer.
The Slovakian international, who has eight caps under his belt for his country, arrived at St James’ Park in a deadline day deal from Sparta Prague at the end of the January transfer window, with the inclusion of a transfer clause confirmed by the Magpies.
The 29-year-old was on the bench for his first match on Tyneside before being thrown into the deep end by manager Rafael Benitez, making his debut against second placed Manchester United, but his heroics between the sticks were crucial in earning his side a shock 1-0 win.
Now Dubravka has insisted his is desperate to remain at the club for the long-term, and revealed that the Magpies are widely regarded as one of the most famous English clubs back in Slovakia.
When asked about a possible future at St James’ Park, he told the Chronicle: “I hope so.
“It is amazing here. Everybody in Slovakia knows about Newcastle, it is a big name in my country.
“I know many people talk about the top six in England, but in my country Newcastle is one of the most famous clubs in the UK.
“I played in a small club in the Czech Republic, so to be here now after two-and-a-half years feels like a big step. It’s life-changing.”
If Dubravka is kept on by the Magpies, and before the exit of any other players, Newcastle will have five goalkeepers with senior experience on their books, with international shot stoppers Rob Elliot and Matz Sels joined by Freddie Woodman and Karl Darlow.
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