Jose Enrique Will Soon Be On His Way

Newcastle defender Jose Enrique has said he would just jump at the chance to join Atletico Madrid.


Jose Enrique – would jump at the chance of Joining Atletico Madrid

How things change once the reality of relegation sets in, and just to cover all his bases Jose also said he would also be happy to sign for a Premier League club.

The 23-year-old full-back still has three years remaining on his rather lucrative contract at St James’ Park, but Jose is a good strong and enthusiastic player, and it’s not surprising he has already been linked with several clubs following Newcastle’s relegation.

Jose is a player we should be able to recoup most of the £6.2M we paid out to Villareal for the player a couple of years back, so it’s good from the Magpies’ point of view there a number of clubs interested in him already.

We think Shearer (if he takes over) has a number of good strong full-backs lined up, who would be able to replace the Spaniard, who is on an enormous £50K/week at Newcastle.

As we reported earlier this week, Atletico are understood to be considering a move for Enrique as a replacement for Mariano Pernia, who is expected to leave the Vicente Calderon this summer.

And former Valencia and Villarreal player Enrique confesses a return to Spain and the possibility of UEFA Champions League football would appeal.

“They (Atletico) are one of the major teams in the Spanish league. Who would not want to play for a club like that? I think that any player would want to pull on their shirt.”

“Atletico are a big club with a big budget and great fans. They also have a great squad and have finished in the Champions League positions for next season.”

“I do still have three years left on my contract with Newcastle, but I am pleased and flattered to be linked with them.”

“I have watched them quite a few times this season and always follow the Spanish league. They have had a good season with (Diego) Forlan, who I knew at Villarreal.”

OK Jose – don’t over do it – we get you are very interested. There’s a big “come and get me” in that statement.

Enrique has also attracted interest from clubs in England and he would be more than willing to stay because he has adapted to the country, and he continued:

“If I am honest, I do not have a preference about which country, I am open to anything,”

“In Spain people live well and eat well, but I have enjoyed my adventure in England.”

“The Premier League is the best in the world and I would study anything that came up.”

Atletico Madrid finished 4th top in the Spanish League with 62 points and are in the Champions League qualifying round.

So that would be a big attraction for Jose, and it’s not surprising he would be interested. He has a chance to play in the European Champions League rather than The Championship (English Second Division), so which one would you take?

But players wanting to leave the club and/or being moved out because we cannot afford them is one of the things that happen when you allow the team ot be relegated.

It’s catastrophic, and if Alan Shearer takes over shortly, there are very few of our big earners he will keep, and we expect he will bring in some good young players – it’s really a great opportunity to restock the squad.

But don’t get us wrong, that’s about the only positive thing in being relegated, and the many many negatives and connotations it has for Newcastle – including acute embarrassment.

But life goes on – and so will Newcastle United – stronger than before – hopefully. 😀

14 comments so far

  • Partizan

    Jun 5, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #1

    I wish him all the best whereever he goes.

  • Big Dave

    Jun 5, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Doesn’t really surprise me there is very little loyalty left in football. but then you cant really blame him either he doesn’t know what is going on at the toon so he might aswell go somewhere with a bit of stability

  • G 2

    Jun 5, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #3

    We paid £6.2m when we could have gone for baines….

    We will get £2m max for him as that is our transfer policy.


  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Jun 5, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #4

    I honestly believe the lad would help us fight our way back up if he was told that he was staying, but he’s obviously been told that he’s going. In which case he has every right to say where he would or wouldn’t like to go.

    He’s always worked hard so good luck to him, I’m sorry to see him go.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Jun 5, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #5

    As for taking pay cuts, bear one thing in mind.

    If you come out and say “I’m staying and I’m going to offer to take a big pay cut” it puts massive pressure on the other players to do the same. You’re going to be as popular as a plate of sh*t sandwiches. I know it’s the “right thing to do”, but you’ve got to avoid being hated by the rest of your colleagues…

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jun 5, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #6

    all the best lad, i like him alot, we need eastern europeans, young hungry brits and people from the lower teams in france, no one from spain!!

  • Rangerman

    Jun 5, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Good luck to him and what a great club he will be going to if he does join them.

  • Bill F

    Jun 5, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Be a sham dame if he does go imo. Why not do what other bloggers have been suggesting for some of our other players and lend him out for a season to a Spanish club pending our return to the EPL next year.

  • tom tomb

    Jun 5, 2009 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Very good player, but like our other full back Beye injury prone. Was told 3 weeks ago in Ibiza he was joining Athletico, who also want Colocinni. Xisco is officially sh-t according to Spaniards, they could not understand why we paid 9m euros for him.

  • waddler

    Jun 5, 2009 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #10

    L can sympathise with him. He looks like he will become a very accomplished player in the premiership next season if he stays in England.
    If Bassong leaves that will be a real sickener because l for one saw him as a future captain of our club.

  • Ericles

    Jun 6, 2009 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Wish him all the best. We are in no position to keep him if a good offer comes in. Wanted him to stay and fight to get us back. Time to find home grown talent I think – I do not mean keeping Barton or Smith by that remark either.
    Anyway we are stuck in the doldrums without anybody at the helm, and vulnerable to Somali pirates it seems.

  • Ericles

    Jun 6, 2009 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #12

    I think the same is going to happen with Bassong. As much as we we want and need to keep him his head will be turned. Can one blame him for considering all his options? Already the agents and clubs are hovering over NUFC like vultures – although there are some titbits we have who they are welcome to gobble up. We are vulnerable more than ever now to the hacks of the media and nefarious agents. So – loyalty is the key – loyalty to the club and not just to wage packets.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Enrique is too good for the championship, far too good.

  • ebol

    Jul 27, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #14

    how things change in a year, eh?

    on da bull!


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