Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is on loan at Manchester United – but Magpies fans seem sure where the Slovak should end up.
Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has started just once for Manchester United since switching loans in the summer.
However, the Slovakia international insists he is enjoying life at Old Trafford, despite the splinters in his back.
Speaking to MUFC TV after his debut for the Red Devils in the Carabao Cup win over Aston Villa, Dubravka said: “I came here to enjoy this game because it’s not often you get the chance to play. Obviously I came here to challenge but I’m enjoying every minute.
“I’ve played against Man United so many times here (at Old Trafford) but now I’m representing this club. I’m enjoying every moment because it’s not that often. I like working with him (de Gea). he’s a great boy. I came here to push and challenge, of course, but I respect David as a person. I’m glad we created a good mood around the training ground with Tom (Heaton) and the other guys. I’m enjoying every minute with them. It’s good to be here.
Dubravka jumped ship when United signed Nick Pope from Burnley, a keeper who immediately assumed the No.1 shirt at Newcastle and proved to be one of the most consistent players in the top flight this campaign.
Eddie Howe leaves the door open for his keeper
Coach Eddie Howe says the door is open for Dubravka, who has made 130 appearances since joining from Sparta Prague in January 2018, particularly with the player still under contract until 2025.
“I think he’s an outstanding goalie, really,” Howe said. “I will have a conversation with Martin over time. I won’t talk now because he’s in the middle of a busy period like us. There will be a time when I sit with him, chat and see what he wants to do next.
“It’s hard for me to comment. I don’t know what’s going on at other football clubs. All I’ll say is I love Martin as a boy, he’s done brilliantly for us last year and he is an exceptional goalkeeper and I will have a conversation with him at the right time. Of course yes, the door is always open. It all depends on what Martin wants. We will take him from of the.
Is the door open to a return of Martin Dubravka?
While Howe has no problem with Dubravka returning, fans seem less keen on signing Rafa Benitez back.
On Twitter, many were against it. @steve85080781 said: “As much as we are grateful for his tremendous contribution; think it’s best for the two sides to stay separate.
This was followed by @oinkbaamoo, who said: “As long as he knows his place, 3rd choice behind Darlow” and @1982_si: “No. I jumped ship at Man utd when it should have stayed and been part of the trip. Had he played for man utd is different but he is 3rd choice there so what prompted the move? Sorry, the time is over.
@Aussie_Geordie thinks United should look elsewhere. He said, “No thank you…. Bring in younger, forward-looking goalkeepers. While @finnaz1892 was blunt in his response: “No chance – send him to Sunderland.”
Another United fan @Michael_Toon11 said: “He can sit on the U21 bench.”
And @m77sc has little sympathy for a player who ‘wanted to leave’.
“He wanted to leave when we were trying to sign Henderson in January and he left as soon as he could when Pope arrived. He could have stayed and fought for a place, but he didn’t endear himself to the fans, so that’s a no for me,” he said.