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Newcastle United: Club look to finalise contract talks with Martin Dubravka

Newcastle United: Club look to finalise contract talks with Martin Dubravka

Newcastle United’s number-one goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has been a key figure since joining in January 2018, and the Chronicle has reported that the Magpies are close to agreeing a contract extension with the 30-year-old.

It is also thought that the club are looking to tie the likes of Freddie Woodman and Isaac Hayden down to new deals.

The Slovakian joined United on a six-month loan from Sparta Prague when initially signing, and in that time he impressed and added solidity to a Magpies backline that ended up as the seventh-tightest defence in the league in 2017/18.

Since then, Dubravka has signed permanently and continued to provide assurance with a fairly solid presence between the sticks.

The shot-stopper averaged 2.5 saves per game last season for Newcastle, with the keeper improving on that impressive rate so far this season.

Now, he has earned the possibility of a contract extension with the club – subject to negotiation – with Dubravka previously suggesting he would like to get a deal over the line and continue his spell on Tyneside.

“I’m happy here,” Dubravka told the Chronicle in September.

“Since I came here, people have treated me really well. I can say that I feel at home here.

“I’m glad that people think that I can stay here for the longer-term.”

The keeper’s current contract runs until 2022, but it is thought that perks will be added with improved terms to reflect his contribution since his arrival in January 2018.

And at 30 years old, the shelf life of a goalkeeper keeps getting longer and longer, so there should be no reason to assume he’ll be past his sell-by date in the next couple of seasons.

Newcastle fans, how vital is Dubravka to the team? Join the discussion by commenting below!

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