Eddie Howe: I'm sad if Martin Dubravka does leave
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According to everything, Martin Dubravka will become the new player of Manchester United. Official confirmation of the transfer is expected soon. Few people expected such a transfer, given that Manchester United has many more problems in other positions, but after Dean Henderson's loan to Nottingham Forrest, a place opened up for a new goalkeeper, and United's manager, Erik ten Hag, decided that Dubravka would be that man.
Newcastle United is aware of what kind of goalkeeper Dubravka is and that it will be a big loss for them, but manager Eddie Howe knows that the market is like that and that sometimes neither he nor the management decides, but the player.
"Discussions have taken place between the clubs but I don't think anything is concluded as we sit here now," Howe said in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday morning, as quoted by manchestereveningnews.co.uk "From my perspective I'm sad if Martin does leave, sad to see him go.
It's certainly not something we necessarily wanted but we understand that there's always two sides to every story. Howe added: "It’s not always about what I want, or the club wants, you have to understand the player’s position as well."
Eddie Howe on other goalkeepers
However, football is such that sometimes several factors decide the future of players.
Dubravka wants a new challenge in his career and believes that it is time to step up. He will hardly be the first choice next to David De Gea, but he is ready to fight for a place in the team. The season is long, United will fight on 4 fronts, and this will perhaps be an opportunity for Martin to take advantage of the chance.
Eddie Howe praised the selection of goalkeepers he currently has. "Sometimes, you have to see things from two perspectives. There is no ideal world in football. You have to make a decision, the club have made a decision, and we back it.
I certainly back Karl Darlow. I have no issue with Karl or Martin, they are two very good goalkeepers. Karl did very well against Tranmere recently and showed his experience and value to the squad. He has trained brilliantly.
I would love as many good goalkeepers as I can have, and certainly Martin is that, but you have to understand the other person’s perspective." It seems that United has 1 or 2 more reinforcements planned, but there is still a little time left until the transfer market closes.