Martin Dubravka’s agent Pavel Zika has told Czech outlet Rika that he is looking to negotiate a new contract at Newcastle United in the summer – but did state that Juventus and Premier League sides are interested.
Dubravka, 30, has been integral to Newcastle’s fight against relegation this season. He remains one of the first names on the team sheet, with Karl Darlow, Freddie Woodman and Rob Elliot way behind the Slovakia international.
A £4million signing from Sparta Prague last summer after an excellent initial loan (Sky Sports), Dubravka has already played 42 times for Newcastle. He has conceded just 49 goals, keeping 13 clean sheets.
Zika claimed that Juventus and Premier League sides are interested but also stated that his client wants to negotiate a new deal in the summer. Spotrac claims Dubravka currently earns £38,000 a week.
“We can confirm that Martin belongs to the Juventus scout department’s list of long-term players,” Zika said. “There are also Premier League clubs. Our effort, but also Newcastle’s endeavour, is to negotiate a new contract at the end of this season.
“Martin came to Newcastle as a virtually unknown Czech league player, but quickly became a major player of the entire team and already has an excellent reputation throughout the English league.”
Tying down Dubravka to a longer-term deal is crucial. Newcastle have a squad that includes players who are worthy of more than a bottom-half, 13th-placed finish and he is one of those.
The Toon need to fend off other suitors and build a team around the likes of Dubravka, Miguel Almiron, Ayoze Perez and Jamaal Lascelles. But they need backing from owner Mike Ashley.
Keeping him and offering Dubravka a new deal is crucial, then.