News this afternoon from the Official Newcastle United web-site that indeed Jose Enrique from Villareal has signed for Newcastle United for 9.3M euros which translates to around â‚¤6.2M.
That’s about â‚¤2M more than we first thought we were paying so it’s not too surprising when Villareal said last week they were reluctant to sell JoseÂ but the offer Newcastle made was just too good.
Jose Enrique Signs for Newcastle United – he certainly looks happy enough
News is that Newcastle beat a fewÂ other clubs to the Spanish Under-21 player – including Liverpool and Manchester CityÂ - so we expect this boy to become an excellent player for the club.Â There have been questions as to why Liverpool didn’t go after the player – but maybe we just beat them to itÂ - as the news only came up on August 2nd -Â last ThursdayÂ
ItÂ definitely shows the way in which the club are willing backing Sam’s judgement in the transfer market because Sam had little to do with this transfer – other than to tell his boss (Chairman Chris Mort) to go for Enrique.Â The Newcastle Board then moved with lightning speedÂ to capture the youngster. ItÂ shows the club is willing to invest in transfers this summer – so it really puts a lot of the bad rumors to rest (hopefully) that have circulated these last few weeks about the ambitions of the Chairman and Board.Â It’s a great signing for the club.
EnriqueÂ will wear the number 3 shirt and we think he will be the starter in that position – butÂ is very unlikely to play on Saturday against Bolton. The deal is over 5 years for the player nicknamed “The Bull” in Spain.
This is what Sam had said earlier today to the Evening Chronicle as he heaped praise on Chairman Mort and COO (Chief Operating Officer) Russell Cushing for the signing – and thanked them for moving so fast when news came throughÂ last Thursday that Enrique may be available:
Â Sam said:
“When we get Enrique signed it will finalize an excellent few days for us,”Â
“In Enrique we have signed a player who has huge potential at a very good age and who has already broken into the first team at Villarreal.
“Either our chief operating officer Russell Cushing or chairman Chris Mort got a phone call which said the player was available.
“I asked the price and said ‘go’ and they went. And in 24 hours he was here.
“Russell Cushing and Chris Mort are the reasons Enrique is signing for us rather than Liverpool or Manchester City.”
We are very pleased the way Sam and the Board are now working these transfers – as we mentioned this morning – it augers so well for the future and shows how Chris Mort and Russell Cushing are supporting Big SamÂ Â
Jose seemed only too pleased at signing when he told the official Newcastle web-site:
“Last year I played at St. James’ Park in a friendly and I decided then it was a great place to play.”
“I would like to thank Newcastle United for showing faith in me and giving me this chance.”
Good for him – here’s some information on our new left-back.
Jose Enrique is 6′ tall and only joined Villareal last season and at that time signed a 5-year contract with the Spanish side. He has now joined Â Sam’s Newcastle revolution which is gathering speed at the club.
JosÃ© Enrique SÃ¡nchez DÃaz (known as JosÃ© Enrique) was born 23rd January 1986 in Valencia, Spain. He joined El Madrigal in 2006 after spending the previous season (2005/06) on loan at RC Celta de Vigo, where he appeared 14 times in the Primera DivisiÃ³n. His previous club before joining Valencia was Levante UD, but he never appeared in their first team. Jose is a left-sided defender who usually plays in the left-back position.
Jose will be Sam’s 7th signing for the club this summer – and the most expensive beating the â‚¤5.8M Sam paid out for Manchester City’s Joey Barton. We think everyÂ one of these signings have been good buys for the club. Hopefully that’s not being overlyÂ optimistic – butÂ hey – we are Newcastle fansÂ Â
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