Jose Enrique has come out today and said that he has very intention of staying on Tyneside for next season, when the club will play in the Coca Cola Championship.
Jose Enrique – wants to stay at Newcastle
Jose says he would consider other offers were they forthcoming, but he will not seek a move away from Tyneside.
Translation – if some other club wants to take me on the same wages I am getting at Newcastle, then I could move.
Enrique’s future, like that of much of the first-team squad at the famous St James’ Park club, has been cast in doubt, after the side’s disastrous relegation to the Coca Cola Championship – the second division of English football. That from a team that had the 3rd highest wage bill of the 20 teams in the Premier League . 🙁
However, Damien Duff has already pledged his future to the club and Enrique has now followed suit – although we think things are just a little different with Enrique’s statement.
Enrique told Marca today:
“I have a contract for three years with Newcastle,” “Nobody wants to play in the Championship, but I’m thinking only of fulfilling my contract.”
“The team has great resources and I am sure that if things go well from the start we can be a team to match Aston Villa.”
“I like the city and I am very happy in England, but that does not stop anyone considering an offer that might arrive from another team.”
“As it stands today, I see myself playing next season at Newcastle.”
Before we go too far here – another interpretation of this is that Enrique is on a big contract at Newcastle and wants it to continue for another year. It seems he will not miss too much by playing in th Championship, because he is not pushing for an International position, unlike other players like Martins, Coloccini and Gutierrez for next summer’s FIFA World Cup.
We’re sure Xisco could come out and say the exact same thing, but the club has to decide which players on high wages are the ones to keep for next year – it’s the club’s decision, and for players they don’t want they will need to sell.
Personally, we are OK with Enrique, because his play would suit the Championship, and the boy is a fighter and has always done his best for the club, and he’s said several times how he and his wife like life on Tyneside, and he’s even OK with the weather – how’s that for commitment. 😀
And Jose tried like crazy in the last 20 minutes to score that all important goal on Sunday – and that’s more than can be said of quite a few of our other players – we’ll never ever forget that second half gutless display!
Can you imagine if Jose had scored say, with 2 minutes to go on Sunday, he would have bene a Tyneside hero, would have loved it, and would have deserved every minute of the adulation.
But that didn’t happen.