There’s a lot of speculation about Newcastle players possibly leaving in the January transfer market, but that’s only because Newcastle now have several top players in the Premier League.
Jose Enrique – contract run out in the summer of 2012
Both the contracts of Joey Barton and Jose Enrique run out in a short 18 months, since they were both signed on five year deals by big Sam Allardyce in the summer of 2007.
And most Newcastle fans will be hoping the club can extend their deals by say another five years – early next year.
And Alan Pardew is doing the only thing he can, by saying to anybody who will listen, that he does not want to lose any of the top players currently at the club.
This is what Alan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I want Joey Barton to stay, it’s as simple as that as far as I’m concerned,”
“There’s obviously going to be clubs interested in him because he’s done so well. But from the DVDs I’ve watched of Newcastle games, you can see how important he is to us. I want him to stay.”
“And that goes for all the other players, like Andy Carroll, who have been linked with other clubs as well. They are not going.”
“We want them to stay here, and that is something that we’re working towards with players who are vulnerable with their contract situations.”
So that last line would suggest that Newcastle are readying new deals for both Barton and Enrique – and if that’s true that would be great!
But then Alan kind of played down his ability to potentially keep some top players, by then saying things would never be 100% certain on keeping any player, which we suppose is always true.
This is what Alan added:
“Of course, you can never say 100% that a player definitely, definitely isn’t going anywhere.”
“Sometimes it is 50% down to the player, whether they want to stay.”
“And part of the reason that I’m confident is that I’ve had conversations with all of the players now and not one wants to leave.”
It’s good to know that not one player wants to leave the club – that says something about the team spirit at the club.
But we think if Alan could unload Leon Best, Xisco and maybe James Perch he would.
And we’d love to think that the powers that be on Tyneside are getting new contracts ready for Joey and Jose.
What do you think?