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Newcastle United’s manager says he will be sad to see Martin Dúbravka go

By Harry Smith

Newcastle United’s manager says he will be sad to see Martin Dúbravka go

Eddie Howe admitted he didn't want to let go of the goalkeeper

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Manchester United are really close to signing Martin Dúbravka from Newcastle United after being reported by Fabrizio Romano that both clubs had reached an agreement for the player. Today, ahead of Newcastle’s next match in the Premier League, their manager Eddie Howe held a press conference where he was asked about his goalkeeper's possibility of leaving.

“I think discussions have taken place between the clubs, I don’t think anything is concluded. From my perspective, I’m sad if Martin does leave, sad to see him go. Not something we necessarily wanted as a football club but we understand that there’s always two sides to a story. Got to understand other people’s points of view”, he said.

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According to Fabrizio Romano, the 33-year-old goalkeeper will have his medical tests later today after he flew to Manchester last night to complete his move. Martin Dúbravka will play for Manchester United on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy at the end of the season of £5 million after both clubs reached an agreement.

Erik ten Hag will finally get the goalkeeper he wanted so David De Gea can face competition for a spot down the sticks, where both players will have to earn their spot on the team sheet week in and week out during every training session. The Dutch manager hopes Dúbravka's ability with the ball on his feet can help the team this season.

He didn’t count for Newcastle

Even though Eddie Howe said he didn’t want to lose the Slovenian goalkeeper, the Magpies’ manager didn’t really play him during the start of the season. Dúbravka had spent the first three Premier League fixtures sitting on the bench since the new signing Nick Pope has been named the first-choice keeper. He also didn’t play in the Carabao Cup last week, where Karl Darlow started over him.


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