MARTIN DUBRAVKA has described how he would love to get his future sorted by signing a new long-term contract at Newcastle United after confirming he is in talks to extend his deal.

Even though he still has two more seasons to run on the contract he signed last year, the Slovakian international is one of the Magpies players in discussions to sign new terms.

There are a number of players, including Ki Sung-Yeung and Javier Manquillo, who will become free agents next summer, and there are a clutch of first team players who are approaching their final year; such as Jonjo Shelvey, Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and Fabian Schar.

And Newcastle are looking to get things sorted to avoid players leaving for nothing. Dubravka’s situation is different, as his representatives believe he deserves a pay rise after a strong start to life at St James’ Park, which has attracted interest from Italian and German clubs.

Dubravka confirmed: “We’re in talks. I’m close. That’s what I can say.”

And he has explained how head coach Steve Bruce has indicated to him that he wants to keep him on Tyneside, amid the talk of Juventus being one of those clubs keeping tabs on his situation.

“I’m happy here,” said the 30-year-old. “Since I came here, people have treated me really well. I can say that I feel at home here. I’m glad that people think that I can stay here for the longer-term.

“It’s such a big honour for me. Hopefully, we can keep our players in the squad, our leaders, and we can build on this.”

“It’s important. He wants to create a good group of people, a team. You can’t change five or six players, and expect that it will work. If I can stay longer here, I will be happy.”

Dubravka admitted that he could have done better for Liverpool’s second goal in the 3-1 defeat at Anfield on Saturday, when he failed to gather Roberto Firmino’s through pass and Sadio Mane was gifted with the chance top tap in his second of the afternoon.

After that he made numerous saves to keep the scoreline down to three for the unbeaten Premier League leaders, on an afternoon when Newcastle actually took the lead in the seventh minute through Jetro Willems’ first goal for the club. Despite a lack of chances, Emil Krafth also wasted a glorious chance to level at 2-1 after half-time.

Bruce said: “Since I’ve walked through the door, we had a really awful performance at Norwich but for the six weeks that I’ve been working with them and the start, we knew it was going to be difficult with Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool.