International star reveals surprise details of Newcastle's deadline day swoop
Newcastle United’s deadline day loan signing Martin Dubravka has revealed that the Magpies left it late to secure a deal with his club Sparta Prague in what was a whirlwind move.
The north east club signed the Slovakian international goalkeeper on an initial six-month temporary deal, confirming that there is a clause in place to make it a permanent switch if he impresses.
However, despite constant reports of the Magpies’ interest in the 29-year-old’s signing throughout the January window, the player himself has revealed that it was very much a last-minute approach, which will come as a surprise considering he admits he knew of Newcastle’s interest earlier in the month.
He told the club’s official website: “When my agent called me and said it could happen, I was like, ‘OK – this could be a very great opportunity for me in my career and in my life.’
“But, I didn’t think about it until they sent the offer, and suddenly, in one second, it is completed.
“I will try to make my adaptation as fast as possible, then I will try to work hard, train hard and show that I deserve to be here. That is all I can do.”
Dubravka made 15 appearances for his parent club this season before moving to St James’ Park, with seven of those ending in clean sheets, while he has eight caps for Slovakia under his belt.
He will be battling for a place in the first team with current first choice Karl Darlow and fellow international shot stopper Rob Elliot, with Dubravka’s arrival seeing youngster Freddie Woodman depart on loan to Aberdeen for the rest of the campaign.
He could be in line to make his debut in the Magpies’ away trip to Crystal Palace, after seeing his new club let the lead slip in a 1-1 draw with Burnley on Wednesday night.
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