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Newcastle boss Pardew has big hopes for Lubomir Satka

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is hoping for big things from teenage defender Lubomir Satka.

Satka was the surprise name among the 23 Newcastle players who left for a tournament in New Zealand yesterday.

The 18-year-old Slovakian has been likened to United captain Fabricio Colccini by manager Alan Pardew, who gave Satka a long-term contract earlier this year.

Satka, signed from Dubnica two years ago, was also among the substitutes for their final game of the season at Liverpool.

"Lubo is, for me, a player beyond his years - he's very calm," says Pardew.

"He's so level-headed and technically good. He's got a great chance for us. We've really got our fingers crossed for him."

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