Dubravka: Man Utd offer brought 'the man' out of me again

Martin Dubravka has explained leaving Newcastle United for Manchester United.

Dubravka insists that Newcastle will always have a place in his heart.

“We spent almost five beautiful years in Newcastle, but from a sporting point of view it was often very difficult, as we mostly played for survival,” Dubravka revealed in an interview with Sport.

He continued: “We didn’t have the opportunity to think about competing in the higher ranks, even though it turned out to be quite interesting in the end. But I have wonderful memories of Newcastle.

“My son was born there, so there will always be a bit of Newcastle with me and in me, but when Manchester United called, we [Dubravka and his partner Lucia] were both enchanted. Newcastle made this transfer possible for me and I am glad it was successful and she [Lucia] is also looking forward to a new experience and challenge.”

Dubravka was also being lined up as a possible replacement for Kasper Schmeichel, who left Leicester City after 11 years at the club to join OGC Nice in the summer.

“I had an ambition to stay in the British Isles,” Dubravka said. “When [Man] United showed interest in me, the ‘man’ in me came alive again.

“There were more offers that I thought about until the possibility of going to United came up. After all, none of the offers could match this one.

“I’m currently here and I’m looking forward to being a part of such an incredible club. It has always been my ambition to be part of a club that is fighting for the biggest trophies and now it is a reality. I never made a secret of it, and now it is.”