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