Dubravka ready to stay put at Newcastle United

Newcastle United

Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has confirmed he is currently in talks to sign a new deal at St James’ Park.

The 30-year-old has been at the club since 2018, after initially joining on a loan deal from Sparta Prague.

The Slovakia international turned that move into a permanent deal last summer, and has since made 43 appearances for the Magpies.

Dubravka still has two years left on his current deal, but he says he wants to commit his future to the club once again.

He has endured a frustrating start to the new campaign, keeping just one clean sheet so far this season.

Newcastle’s only win came against Tottenham at the end of August, and they have since drawn with Watford and lost to Liverpool.

The Reds cruised to a 3-1 success on Saturday, and Steve Bruce’s men are now just one point above the drop zone.

Despite some fans thinking they will be relegated, Dubravka says he wants to remain in the north east.

He told reporters: “We’re in talks. I’m close. That’s what I can say. I’m happy here. Since I came here, people have treated me really well. I can say that I feel at home here. I’m glad that people think that I can stay here for the longer-term.

“It’s such a big honour for me. Hopefully, we can keep our players in the squad, our leaders, and we can build on this. It’s important. He wants to create a good group of people, a team. You can’t change five or six players and expect that it will work. If I can stay longer here, I will be happy.”

Dubravka is set to keep his place for the majority of the 2019/20 campaign, even though Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow are breathing down his neck. The Magpies could find themselves in the bottom three soon if they are not careful, with Brighton, Leicester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Wolves next up for Bruce’s side.