The Slovakian has just one-year left on his current contract.

Lubo Satka – Newcastle United

Newcastle youngster Lubo Satka has spoken of his determination to earn a new deal with the Magpies, in an interview with the club’s website.

The 20-year old has entered the final year of his contract and he is well aware of the importance of the upcoming pre-season.

“It’s the last year of my contract so I’m basically fighting for a new deal and to try to impress the manager,” said Satka.

“Pre-season is tough so you want to come back ready. I think it’s the same for everyone – all the other boys will be doing some work while they’re off. But if you want to impress, you’ve got to do more than everyone else and see what happens.”

Satka arrived on Tyneside in 2012 from Slovakian club MFK Dubnica and has impressed in Newcastle’s academy since. The talented defender has established himself as captain in the under-21 team but as yet has failed to make real strides towards the first-team.

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His sole appearance for the senior team came as a substitute in an FA Cup tie against Leicester in January 2015 but a brief loan spell with York City last season gave him a taste of league football.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

The departure of Steven Taylor may present an opportunity for the Slovakian to stake a claim for first-team involvement in the coming months, with Rafael Benitez preparing his squad for an assault on the Championship.

Newcastle’s interests could best be served by promoting from within, as opposed to external recruitment, and Lubo Satka should be one of the first candidates in line.

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