Martin Dubravka reacts to claim Newcastle could replace him this summer
Martin Dubravka reacts to claim Newcastle could replace him this summer
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Martin Dubravka reacts to claim Newcastle could replace him this summer

Martin Dubravka is not concerned about Newcastle United being linked with other goalkeepers.

The Toon number one is enjoying a strong 2022, keeping five clean sheets since the turn of the year.

He’s been boosted by a tighter defence in front of him, having previously spent his days being peppered with shots.

However, there have been claims that Eddie Howe could sign a new goalkeeper this summer. The Magpies have been linked with Manchester United’s Dean Henderson. Arsenal’s Bernd Leno has also been mentioned as a possible target.

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In an interview with Sky Sports, Dubravka was asked how the rumours of a new goalkeeper arriving make him feel.

“I think it’s normal when the takeover like this happened,” Dubravka told Sky Sports.

“Now so many players are linked with our club. As a player, I’m just focussed on my job.

“Obviously I’ve heard names like Mbappe and Neymar, which I don’t know if it’s possible to bring the names like this now. But maybe in the future.

“I’m glad I can be part of the project now and hopefully we can achieve good things.”

Replacing Martin Dubravka would be harsh

Dubravka doesn’t need to worry about hearing Mbappe and Neymar rumours – I don’t think either of them would be very good in between the sticks.

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But there has been a lot of speculation that Newcastle could sign a new stopper in the summer. There was even talk in January that a goalkeeper could arrive, but that didn’t happen.

Given his performances in 2022, it would be extremely harsh to replace Dubravka. It’s difficult to remember the last time he made a serious error for Newcastle. Perhaps the Leicester goal last weekend, but that came from a neatly worked corner.

All the Slovakian can do is continue to perform between now and the end of the season, and hope he does enough to convince Howe that he should remain number one.

If a new goalkeeper does arrive, Dubravka could have a real battle on his hands to retain his place in the starting XI.