Martin Dubravka has insisted he is “not interested” in talking about rumours of interest in him from top clubs across Europe.
The Slovakian international has been outstanding since he arrived on Tyneside 16 months ago, in a bargain deal.
Italian champions Juventus are the latest club to be linked with a move for the 30-year-old stopper.
But he told the Newcastle Chronicle that he is “happy” at St James’ Park, and “enjoying” playing every week.
Speaking about the speculation, he said: “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.”
Good news for fans, but more ambition is needed
It will be music to fans’ ears that he does not want to leave. But they also know that every player is just one big offer away from being sold by Mike Ashley.
With Ashley’s policy of buying cheap and selling high, it remains to be seen if a sizeable offer from anyone would tempt him to cash in.
But should Rafa Benitez remain in charge, it would surely mean he has received assurances that he will have the say on players bought and sold.
If that is the case, then it can only be good for the club, and will mean a ‘not for sale’ sign would certainly be placed around Dubravka’s neck.
For Newcastle to be able to hold on to their prized assets, however, they must avoid perennial relegation scraps. Showing ambition and aspiring to compete at the next level is what will convince their top stars to stay.