Jose Enrique Wants At Least 5 More Years At Newcastle


Jose Enrique was signed by Sam Allardyce in August of 2007 for £6.2M.

Jose Enrique – where is he? – at the bottom – guess who just scored

The Spanish International was a surprise signing by big Sam, and he had a spotty start to his career on Tyneside, but in these last three years he’s matured as a footballer and was one of Newcastle’s best players last season.

Jose is getting so good that he will soon have a shot at making the Spain squad, but with world class players like Cesc Febregas and David Silva, and even Fernando Torres  unable to make the starting line-up for the World Cup Finalists and current European Champions, that may still be an iffy proposition.

One thing is certain is that Jose loves the Newcastle club, the City of Newcastle and its loyal supporters,  and he’s often waxed lyrical about life on Tyneside.

And it’s no small wonder the Newcastle fans love this player – he plays 100% in every game and shows the spirit and fight for the club that the fans juts love to see.

And it seems that Jose would like to get an extended contract to stay at Newcastle as the Spaniard told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

I have always said the same thing,” “When I signed here, I signed for five years. I have two years more – this year and another one – but I am already thinking about the future and hoping that my stay is longer than that.”

“I would like to stay for another five years if it possible. I am very happy here and I hope this season will be very good for us.”

Ten years’ service at St James’ Park was last achieved by the great Alan Shearer, maybe the best player Newcastle ever produced,  but Jose Enrique could well end up spending that long on Tyneside, at least if he gets his wishes, and of course Jose would then be entitled to a testimonial.

It’s rare these days that a player commits that long to one club, but Jose seems already willing to stay at Newcastle for that length of time.

Jose talked about the inevitable rumors on Tyneside:

“I don’t take any notice of what is written or said about me,” “I know there are stories saying I might be going to Spain or another of the players might be going back to Argentina, but I don’t pay any attention.”

“If I’m honest, I don’t see the English papers and I don’t care what they say about me.”

Jose is close to our two Argentine Internationals, Fabricio Coloccini and Jonás Gutiérrez, our three Spanish-speaking players,  and he has formed a terrific partnership on the left wing with Jonas Gutierrez, who’s just finished his time at the World Cup with Argentina, and will be arriving back on Tyneside in a  couple of weeks, after getting some vacation and relaxation following his time in South Africa.

We expected Enríque to leave last summer, after the disaster of the Newcastle club being relegated, and he came out and said he wanted to stay – but we thought he was just saying that for good effect.

But we were wrong, and he was one of the stalwarts who have miraculously turned the fortunes of the famous Tyneside club around over the last 12 months – just think of the turmoil and strife and the club in early July 12 months ago, if you don’t believe that.

We don’t expect Jose to get a new contract at Newcastle until next year, and January would be a decent time to offer the former Valencia player a new extended contract to stay on Tyneside, but it may even have to wait until next summer,  but  it would then be a top priority for the Newcastle club.

The lads are now in Ireland at their boot-camp at Carlton House just outside Dublin, where they went last summer and forged the tremendous team spirit that is now so much a part of the current Chris Hughton team.

The 24 year-old continued:

“I’ve had some time relaxing over the summer and the pre-season period is always really important for getting your fitness up for the rest of the season,”  “I remember when I signed, I came back for my first pre-season with a bit of a bad hamstring (strain) and I wasn’t able to do all the training.”

“ If that happens, the rest of the season is hard. It’s really important to have a good pre-season to set yourself up.” “Everyone is already feeling tired. It hasn’t been too intense, but I think that will change in Ireland.”

“It will be very hard over there. It was an important time last year. It’s one week away and we do three training sessions every day. I think it is one of the most important weeks in the season because it is very hard work.”

Jose Enrique is now one of Newcastle’s best players and we look forward to him having another excellent season at Newcastle and help us avoid a relegation fight in the Premier league.

If Newcastle can do that it will have been a successful season back in the big time.

Jose Enrique is the type of player we love to see playing for the club, and he’s been a delight to watch, and is a credit to both himself and the Newcastle club.

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12 comments so far

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 9, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Good on him, he is one player I definately want to keep as part of our future squad. Plus at 24 he could stay with us for a longer than just an extra 5 years!

    Sure he had a shakey start, most foreigners dont hit the ground running, but he has settled well and made the Leftback position his own, I wouldnt be surprised if he is one of the first names on the teamsheet.

    Good work Jose, Keep it up!

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  • Toony Montana

    Jul 9, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    I seriously love this guy, last year he came out and said he wants to stay and now, this, not to mention his performances on the pitch. We as fans don’t ask, nor expect our players to be world-beaters but what we do ask is that the players give their all on the pitch, and show loyalty off it, this guy ticks all the boxes. My favourite player, by some distance.

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  • round ball game

    Jul 9, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Honesty, Loyalty and Heart dont let this one escape

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  • Doha Mag

    Jul 9, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #4

    After a shaky start, he’s been one of our most consistant players. He’s on an excellent salary for a player of his capability and guess that has a lot to do with his consistant kind words for the city of Newcastle and the fans…..

    However, pleased he wants to stay with Newcastle and only hope he continues to improve and maybe one day represent Spain. He may need to leave Newcastle to reach that goal!

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  • peterktoon

    Jul 9, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #5

    José have also said earlier that he would be happy do finsih his carrier at Newcastle. Great lad! 😀

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 9, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #6

    @peterktoon

    Whats he carrying?

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 9, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #7

    You say about the Spainish squad with David Silva and that on the bench, Capdevilla is their left back and hes ageing and not brilliant to begin with, so there is chance if he proves to have a good season.

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  • peterktoon

    Jul 9, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #8

    career *

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  • ashy108

    Jul 9, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Alan Shearer – best player newcastle ever produced ????? I thought he was a product of southampton academy .

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 9, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #10

    ashey108 – what I meant was that Alan Shearer was probably the best-ever Newcastle-born player. He played for Newcastle boys and then joined the Southampton youth academy in April of 1986 – – so yes Southampton brought him along. It would have been £15M cheaper for Newcastle if they had signed him in 1986 – but he was given a trial at Newcastle – before he headed south.

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  • baro

    Jul 9, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #11

    I hope Jose Enrique stays at Newcastle for more than 10 years. He is awesome. Improves game by game. No one gets through him. He gets through every body.

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  • StuW

    Jul 9, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Hope he is at the club for the rest of his career. Stayed with us when we hit the downhill slope, which in itself makes him a club icon, and his performances have been consistently good. Definetly within a national call-up, Spain ain’t exactly blessed with many good left fullbacks.

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