Martin makes his move

The Chronicle - - Front Page - By LEE RY­DER Chief NUFC Writer @lee_ry­der

NEW­CAS­TLE United have com­pleted the per­ma­nent sign­ing of Slo­vakian goal­keeper Martin Dubravka.

The Chronicle re­ported ear­lier this week that the deal was due to be com­pleted soon, and the move has gone through with­out any last­minute hitches to kick-start the club’s sum­mer spend­ing.

Af­ter ac­ti­vat­ing a clause in the player’s loan deal from Sparta Prague to sign the shot-stop­per for a fee of £4m, Ben­itez said: “We’re de­lighted to fi­nalise the per­ma­nent sign­ing of Martin to New­cas­tle United to­day.

“Ever since he ar­rived with us on loan he has shown a fan­tas­tic at­ti­tude and great work ethic, and of course we have been very im­pressed with his per­for­mances for us on the pitch last sea­son.

“This was one of the key po­si­tions we had iden­ti­fied we needed to strengthen and had been con­cerned about, so it is ex­cel­lent news that we are able now to sign him on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

“The loan deal with an op­tion to buy was the per­fect deal for the club. It is credit to Lee Charn­ley and also Steve Nick­son for putting that in place be­cause it gave me and my staff the op­por­tu­nity to look at him and work with him and see how he would per­form for us be­fore com­mit­ting to sign­ing him per­ma­nently.

“It has been very good busi­ness for the club and we now say con­grat­u­la­tions to Martin and look for­ward to hav­ing him with us for the long term at New­cas­tle United.”

Dubravka had said ear­lier this month: “It’s an amaz­ing feel­ing when any­body is chant­ing your name like that (af­ter the 3-0 win over Chelsea on the last day of the sea­son).

“There is a con­nec­tion. There is a con­nec­tion be­tween the play­ers and the fans here. That is why it is an amaz­ing place.”

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