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Agent insists Dubravka not panicking after Pope Newcastle arrival

The agent of Martin Dubravka insists the goalkeeper is happy at Newcastle United.

The goalkeeper faces fresh competition after the arrival of Nick Pope from Burnley.

Dubravka has sought advice from his agent in the days after Pope signed for the Magpies. Agent David Zik said: "We had a call with Martin about this topic. Of course, we are aware that Nick is a quality goalkeeper and domestic representative.

"On the other hand, Martin has nothing to fear. In terms of quality, Martin is one of the best in the Premier League. We'll see how it all develops. We understand that Newcastle United wants to have all posts doubled in quality. However, Martin has long been among the best goalkeepers in the Premier League."

But Zik was open minded about Newcastle's decision to draft in a new shot-stopper. The Global Sports Agency man also told Sport.sk: "Clubs have to look ahead. It (signing Pope) could be a good alternative for Newcastle in the future. I believe that Martin will start the season.

"He has provided extremely high-quality services for the club over the past four and a half years. He kept the team in difficult situations many times. Perhaps thanks to this, as well as a responsible approach during preparation, he will defend his current position.

"On the other hand, we would be a bad agency if we didn't also think about option B. However, we will deal with another alternative or alternatives only when it is necessary."

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