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Newcastle United Gets Huge Boost In Retaining This Defensive Star:Great News For The Magpies?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent interview (mentioned by Chronicle Live), Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has shared his thoughts on the rumours linking him with a move to Juventus and said, “I will not think about it. I just focus on my job here.

“I have heard some rumours, but I’m not interested in even speaking about it. I was just focused on my job here.

“What happens in the summer is up to the people in the office. I’m happy here – I’m playing every week and enjoying myself.”

The Slovakia international’s recent words will make a lot of Newcastle fans happy as he has enjoyed another stellar campaign at St. James’ Park in the recently concluded Premier League season.

The Slovak’s Impressive Season At Tyneside

Dubravka has put in a series of commanding displays at the back under Rafael Benitez’s stewardship over the past season which has made him a fan favourite at Tyneside. The 30-year-old has made 38 appearances for the Magpies this term, conceding 48 goals while keeping 11 clean sheets in the English top-flight. The Magpies goalie has also earned 16 international caps for Slovakia thus far.

His incredible form in goal has helped the Tyneside giants steer clear of relegation trouble. Newcastle have ended their campaign by claiming a strong 13th placed finish with a total tally of 45 points.

What Does Dubravka Offer On The Pitch?

The Newcastle keeper is a very accurate distributor of the ball and also has decent reflexes which enables him to pull off some world-class saves in between the sticks. He is a reliable handler of the ball and usually is quite intelligent with his positioning. All in all, the former Sparta Praha keeper is a well-rounded shot-stopper, so Benitez is quite fortunate to have him at St. James’ Park.

Dubravka Focussing On Newcastle Career: Big Boost For Benitez?

Benitez has to find a way to retain his best players if he wants to take Newcastle to the next level. Thus, Dubravka’s recent words will be a massive boost for the Spanish manager’s chances of keeping him at the club for the next few years.

At 30, he still has a few years left in him to play a high level which the Tyneside outfit could look to benefit from over the next few years.

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