Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has admitted his excitement at the prospect of a first full season in the Premier League after completing a permanent switch to St James’ Park.
The 29-year-old Slovakia international signed a four-year deal on Wednesday evening after a hugely successful spell on loan from Sparta Prague, which culminated in a 3-0 final-day victory over Chelsea and a 10th-place finish.
Dubravka told the club’s official website: “The last game against Chelsea, I’ve never had that feeling. It was something special. I didn’t want to walk away, I wanted to stay and enjoy it.
“I’m very excited for next season. It is a great dressing room with great players who helped me a lot. I’m looking forward to the new season, to sticking together and having the fans with us.”
Dubravka, who is currently on international duty, announced his arrival in style with a clean sheet on his debut in a 1-0 home victory over Manchester United on February 11.
A fine early save in that game helped to endear him to the club’s fans, and the love affair has gone from strength to strength since.
Newcastle’s first summer signing said: “I’m very proud and very pleased to be a part of the club and I’m very happy that I have my future here.
“It’s hard to put it into words because it’s something special. It means a lot. When I arrived on loan in January, I already knew Newcastle United was a great club with amazing fans.
“The first game helped a lot in a new team. Nobody knew who I was and then suddenly I was playing against Manchester United with my team-mates.
“I really appreciate the way the fans supported us, home and away. I’ve never seen anything like that before.
“They give us energy and that helps us to play well and give 100 per cent. I’m happy that I can be part of that relationship.”