It’s good news that Joey Barton is very close to signing a new deal to stay long term at the Newcastle United club.
Jose Enrique – next in line for improved contract at Newcastle
And Alan Pardew has talked today about another one of his top core players, who he wants to build the new Newcastle side around.
Jose Enrique is the player Alan wants to tie down to a new long term contract , and the Spaniard has been interesting some top clubs lately, including Liverpool and Manchester United.
But with his excellent displays over the last two seasons, that doesn’t surprise us one little bit, as Jose is one of Newcastle best players these days.
The Spanish left-back is also keen to stay on Tyneside, and has often said he would love to finish his career on Tyneside.
And Jose famously said once that he preferred the weather in Newcastle to that back in his native Spain.
Maybe that freezing cold North Sea breeze has gotten to the Spanish star?
Alan Pardew talked about Jose today:
“We haven’t started negotiating with José yet, but I want to keep him,” “He has been superb for me since I got here and he is an excellent player.”
“We will start to talk to him in due course because he is an important part of what we are building here. He’s been very impressive.”
“Getting these contracts done is important and I’ve been happy with the support I have received from Derek Llambias, the managing director, and Mike Ashley in doing this.”
And with things on the contract front going very well since Alan arrived, we can see Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Ben Arfa, Joey Barton, Jose Enrique, Cheick Tiote and Andy Carroll all on new long term contracts before too long.
Of course the first two in the list have already signed new deals to keep them on Tyneside through the summer of 2016, and Ben Arfa’s deal runs until the summer of 2015.