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Newcastle’s manager reacts to the rumors of Dúbravka going to Manchester United

By Harry Smith

Newcastle’s manager reacts to the rumors of Dúbravka going to Manchester United

The Slovakian goalkeeper has lost his place at Newcastle while Manchester United are looking for a backup goalkeeper

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Among the rumors that have been linking Martin Dúbravka to Manchester United in the last couple of days, Newcastle United’s manager Eddie Howe held a press conference ahead of their next Premier League fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday. The 44-year-old coach was questioned about his goalkeeper’s situation.

The Englishman admitted there were talks ongoing between clubs, but not with the player. He also said that he doesn’t want to lose him: “He is not in talks with Manchester United but there has been contact with the clubs. Those will continue but I’m reluctant to lose him. It’s a decision that’s out of my hands really”.

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The Magpies signed Nick Pope this summer from the relegated side Burnley for a fee of €11.5 million when they already had two great goalkeepers in the squad with Martin Dúbravka and Karl Darlow. With the signing of the 30-year-old England keeper, a message was sent to both Dúbravka and Darlow as one of them could be leaving.

The 33-year-old Slovakian was Newcastle's number one goalkeeper in recent years and he even became one of the best players in his position in the Premier League. However, an injury suffered in the 2020/21 season, made him miss half a year. During his absence, Karl Darlow covered his place and did a really good job. After Dúbravka’s return, they have been rotating every week.

He could push for a move

Dúbravka hasn’t played a single match this season. Nick Pope has played all three Premier League games, while Karl Darlow was given an opportunity on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup. Manchester United have offered a loan deal until June 2023 with a buy option clause of around £5 million, which the goalkeeper must be considering.

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