Martin Dubravka is close to signing a new contract with Newcastle that will reportedly double his current wages. He has been a revelation since joining the club initially on loan in January of 2018. Since making his debut against Manchester United, in that fantastic 1-0 win at St James Park, Martin has played every minute in the Premier League.
He is certainly deserving of a new contract and, hopefully, one that will keep him at the club for years to come. While it was a summer of speculation for the Slovakian international, Martin has picked up where he left off last season despite the significant changes the club have faced recently.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Dubravka had this to say about the change at the top over the summer:
“It’s a new manager. It’s a new situation for everybody, every player.
“We need to adapt. He’s explaining what he wants from us, so it’s a new situation and what we can do is adapt.”
It has been a transition for both fans and players as Steve Bruce has tried to replace the looming presence of Rafa Benitez. One of our deepest fears this summer was with player unrest.
However, they have gotten on with their jobs despite difficult circumstances. Martin has been one of the most vocal of the players about moving forward under the new head coach.
In his interview, Dubravka also touched upon the positive atmosphere inside the club. He mentioned how the players can only concentrate on themselves and not let outside distractions affect them:
“It is positive. There were so many positives, as well, before (under Benitez), I think. The main thing was that people were focused on the negative things. As players, we can only do what we can do on the pitch. Put everything in.
“I can say that all of us are working to improve every day, every training. That’s all we can do. I have to say I’m still proud of my team-mates because they are trying to do their best.”
While there is a lot to be down about with the club in its current state. One of the positives is in the attitudes of this group of players. They continue to graft and work hard for each other. They will need to continue to do that on Saturday against Brighton in a match where three points are expected.
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