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Benitez delighted with leadership of Newcastle keeper Dubravka

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is delighted with the leadership of Martin Dubravka.

He is ready to face Manchester United at St James' Park on Wednesday, in a rematch of his debut fixture last season when he turned in a memorable performance to help United win 1-0.

Dubravka has now racked up 32 games as Benitez's No.1, and kept a remarkable 10 cleans sheets in a side that's been constantly fighting relegation.

Benitez said: “If he continues to do well, it is good for us. If he attracts interest, it means he is doing well, positive, doing well — but also negative, because it means they are attacking a lot!

“He's an important player for us; not just because of the saves that he is making, but because of his character and his attitude, too. He is very professional, he is very positive - so he's someone that is always good for any team and is a key voice in the dressing room."

“It's true [he is so consistent he can be taken for granted]. It's not easy to have a very good keeper, but when you have one them it's important."

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