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. 😀