Enrique Disappointed His Comments Taken Out Of Context

There’s some good news from our star full back Jose Enrique this afternoon, and the 25 year-old has clarified his position at Newcastle, and also clarified the comments attributed to him, that have been widely reported in the newspapers over the last couple of days.

Jose Enrique – magnificent for Newcastle over last two seasons

We were rather surprised to see some of the comments this morning attributed to Jose, as he seemed to criticize the Newcastle club and even open the door to leave and join one of the big clubs this summer.

It’s clear they will be interested in the top Spanish full-back, who continues to improve on Tyneside, which is one reason we’d love to see the left-back sign a new long term and improved contract to stay on Tyneside.

Yes, we are probably all a little bit jumpy because of what happened to Andy Carroll, and we certainly don”t want to keep losing our top players, and of course Jose is one of the very best.

The Bull has been magnificent for Newcastle United over these last two seasons – there’s absolutely no doubt about that.

This is how Jose clarified the situation this afternoon:

“I had a good chat with a Spanish journalist about how things were going this season. I told him we’re having a good season and how I’ve been enjoying the games, playing well and focussing on the good year I am having at the club.”

“We are ambitious and, like all the players here, we want to play at the highest level we can.” “Newcastle is a great club with some excellent players and I hope we can kick on and continue to progress.”

“From this interview, two or three lines have now appeared in the English papers, and because they are totally out of context with the rest of the interview, I am very disappointed at being portrayed in this manner.”

“The position with my contract has always been clear and both myself and the manager have talked about it openly.”

“I would like to ensure that we have secured Premier League status for next season before we discuss a new deal. It is natural for me, as it is for every player, to want to play at the top level.”

This is a good and necessary clarification by Jose, and we are really pleased he came out today and said this.

As we’ve said before, if we can keep all the excellent lads we already have at the Newcastle club – Barton, Nolan, Taylor, Tiote, Enrique and Ben Arfa to name a few – then we have a core of great players to build a top  Newcastle side on for next season.

Newspapers always try to make it out that a player is discontented and so forth, and Newcastle seem to be a special target for the gossip press,  as we all know.

The truth is they have really been disappointed these last 18 months, that there hasn’t been as much turmoil at the club, as in the past. There’s been some for sure, but it’s not a regular occurrence anymore.

But let’s make sure we can keep Jose on Tyneside, and if you want to send a message of appreciation to the lad for what he’s already done for the club, and ask him to stay at Newcastle, please do so here.

These lads have already played together a lot and know each others’ game, and maybe 4-5 top players in the summer to add to the squad in quality and quantity, is all we need to become a top side again – and we’re not too far away.

Comments welcome.

91 comments so far

  • super bartooon

    Feb 18, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Glad to hear that from the bull for a second I wanted to hit him right across his face with one andy carrolls abnormally long legs

  • The Power Ranger

    Feb 18, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #2

    WHat do you call cheese that’s not yours?

    Nacho cheese!

    Thought i would leave a constructive message.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Feb 18, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Enrique said nothing wrong in the first place. The club is not being run well, and Ashley is content to keep us hovering in mid-table with a medicocre puppet manager so any ambitious player will win squat here (ask Alan Shearer). It’s about time blogs like this stopped being so sycophantic and started being critical of the regime and raising the bar.

    Oh, I forgot, real supporters don’t do that, they just fork out their cash and suffer..

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 18, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #4

    This is good news. I think he’ll stay if we don’t go down and make a few signings.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 18, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Alan Pardew said he justs wants to make sure we survive the drop before signing. Being 9th and looking good with the likes of Ben Arfa, Gosling and Ireland about to come and help the team we might even qualify for a Europa spot this very season.

    All this just shows how manipulative the press are again and how they just love hating Newcastle.

    Jose Enrique will stay.

  • bills-son

    Feb 18, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Spotlight Kid – the club isn’t bein run well.

    Is that right?

    So MA turning us from a nearly bankrupt club into a club that is now 9th in the table, has a nucleus of a genuine top 6 side, £35M (with a 25% sell on clause) in the bank from screwing LFC, appointing CH who DON’T FORGET was NOT wanted by fans but got us promotion and then appointing AP who has started well, kept the team spirit and – from Nolan’s mouth – is doing ‘brilliant’ things on the training pitch ….

    And you say our club is not well run?


  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 18, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Reading the original interview it worries me the emphasis he puts on his desire to play in the Champions League and about not closing any doors.

    But after his clarification on the matter today he seemed happy to bide his time here for now and try to achieve his goal with Newcastle.


  • berToon

    Feb 18, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #8

    sick of all the doom and gloom merchants throwing in their two cents .we are in a fairly healthy position at the moment and i expect we shall be safe which is more than anyone could of asked for this time last year .i also expect us to climb the table as soon as safety is achieved the lads will be enjoying their football even more and we may be able to blood some of the youngsters as well these fickle fans are the ones that forced the previous regimes into kneejerk reactions supporters are their to support

  • ginkoh

    Feb 18, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #9

    If some real big club come with ridiculous offer for him, I think we don’t deny that. But not for Liverpool, I don’t think too much different between us and them.

    I agree with you Ed, Any press look angry with the way we react to them for the last1-2 years. No Soap Opera, No laughing stock. Look like they enjoy so much for Carroll case even we got 35M+option from them.

  • Phil K

    Feb 18, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Its a case of thinking big.
    Liverpool are doing that.
    Dalglish is no fool.

    And Ginkoh is spot on. The press want to stir it up with Newcastle and we fans as they have for a good long while now (longer than one or two years, ginkoh, mate). They look at it as Carroll’s out of Newcastle, now they’ll concentrate on Tiote and Enrique, then Jonas and Collo

  • ballerfan2

    Feb 18, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Yes – there are those who will never be happy. Ashley has been guilty of lots of unbelievable mistakes but recently, and in the light of today’s revelation about Carroll’s sell on percentage I include the sale of “Bigger Lad”, Ashley seems to finally have the club heading in the right direction and on a sound financial footing. Certainly the team look the part on the field so Pardew is doing his part. We have a set of players who are willing to work their socks off for each other and NUFC. And I watch them and see a TEAM for the first time in years, a team which the “Royal Punditry” on Sky are not so quick to mock or write off, a team of which the supporters can feel proud. Of course we all wait for the summer transfer merry-go-round with a little nervousness but I just have a feeling that this time Ashley has got the message and will do his best to achieve Pardew’s recommendations.

    Spotlight Kid might not agree but if he doesn’t like the tone of these blogs then he and his cronies knows exactly what they can do. The vast majority of supporters would be very happy to help them if they can’t reach.

  • nicolnj

    Feb 18, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #12

    I bet Man U, Liverpool and Villa paid Daily Mail to cause this instability

  • Spartan

    Feb 18, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #13

    We’ll know in the summer if the club is being well run, i.e. (i) after we know where we finish in the league, (ii) how much of the AC money is spent on improving the squad and (iii) how many key players we don’t sell.

  • boater

    Feb 18, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Sorry to disappoint you but he doesn’t deny saying he would welcome a move to another club – or staying at newcastle beyond the summer. Everyone has predictably swung back the other way .

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 18, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m just catching up on today’s posts and I’m very suprised that there are no comments following the the very encouaging report on the NUST by fungus44 // Feb 18, 2011 at 4:41 PM
    what he reported is welcome news covering most the the concerns expressed by supporters including myself
    this outlines the foundations of a progressive and successful club – I urge you to read it and express your support for it
    thank you fungus44 – well done!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 18, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #16

    has anyone seen this? Now I know why Mark Clattenberg has never refereed one of our matches..


  • jimmymac

    Feb 18, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #17

    @ Bills-son i agree with you 100%

    @ Spotlight kid – get a grip everything you just said is utter sh*t!!

  • moonraker

    Feb 18, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Phil K

    Dalglish is no fool eh? he who bought Stephane Guivauch and started the rot here in the first place. he knows a centre forward when he sees one! 35 million plus for AC! I can still hardly believe it; Ranger’s gonna be a better player in a years time!

  • Ollieh51

    Feb 18, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #19

    Guys, tell you one thing…

    The statements about him came out yesterday/today and he’s already come out to the press and put the stabilizers on it by saying that it was all taken out of context.

    If nothing else, I love him for his honesty, understanding and decency to come out and say this to let us (the fans) know exactly what the score is, as has Joey BarToon.

    Take note Ashley you FCB, Derek and the rest of your cronies…

    The club model if you ask me works, it’s just that it hasn’t been communicated well.

    Buy young, quality players that want to play for us because we play great football and have decent, level headed aspirations and watch us develop.

    Not going to happen overnight but we are going in the right direction.

    Judas left because he wanted more money, any player doing that to their home club should not be thought of to be much of a man, especially without speaking on it to the public.

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 18, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #20

    I had thought the AC saga was old news and got boring – but the revelations of the sale conditions (including 20% sell on) have impressed me and the management have moved up in my esteme
    one further issue that someone could help me with please – it has long been the case that the club pay the player 5% if he has not asked for a move (this is additional to any signing on fee from the buying club). It puzzled me why NUFC made CA sign a transfer request before the sale could be agreed – is this another sign of good business sense in the club to save even more money ?

  • murvar

    Feb 18, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #21

    You really are gullible if you take Jose’s “statement” at face value! This was a press release issued by the club to quell potential discontent. It will have been drafted by someone in the Press Office at SJP at the instruction of Llambiarse, and Jose will have been told to put his name to it in line with the requirement in his contract. Look at the language! Does that strike you as the lingo of a Spanish speaker? Puhleese!

  • free giveaways

    Feb 18, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #22

    How is this good news? He hasn’t denied the fact he said he want’s to play in the champions league, he’s flattered to be linked with other clubs, Newcastle have lied to him and he aspires to more than Newcastle.

    He’ll be gone in the summer. I have absolutely no doubt. Get as much as we can for him and get Van Aanholt in.

  • royrjmk

    Feb 18, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #23

    I found this interesting article of a meeting between NUFC and United for Newcastle


  • The Entertainers

    Feb 18, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #24

    Enrique is doing exactly what I’d do. We as a club are sat at the biggest crossroads since Ashely took over.
    If the cash isn’t spent then we become a feeder club for the elite, or we take a chance and go for it and keep players like Enrique and Barton, whilst enticing players like Ben Arfa.
    I’m excites at the prospect, but we’ve all been here before!

  • aaronjd

    Feb 18, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Bill-son, are you mike Ashley in disguise? The moment he is bad mouthed by anyone your always there in a instant, defending him, anyones entitled to be on the Mike Ashley bandwagon, but you seem to be driving it!

  • marcos_nufc_rj

    Feb 18, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #26

    I agree with the supporters and of course, Jose is one of the best players in this season. But I am realistic too. MA want to sell players to make money and reinvest againg bring in other players like AC the club have got 35 million pounds to bring in 2 or 3 good young players, and players with potential to be a great player in the future like Gervinho. Mike Ashley wants to run Newcastle United like a firm, within budget. He don`t want to pay high wages or sign expensive players as we used to do in the past. In my opinion it is OK if he wants to sell Jose. It is not for his quality, I agree that he has been done very well at NUFC, but because it is business as usual and players are ambitious too although as a fan I really think that Newcastle United is a BIG CLUB TOO. We shouldn`t be angry because players live the club. We should accept it as a normal thing. It is possible to bring in players with determination at low wages that will do their best for our club.

  • RossGellar

    Feb 18, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #27

    There’s a difference between being critical and being cynical. I have my own doubts and issues about the club, but they’re slowly convincing me that they have the best of intentions. Of course, if things happens in the future, I will be just as concerned as anybody else. But I’m not investing time as a fan of this club just to insult everyone behind the scenes and act like there’s some giant conspiracy to invest millions into a club only to bilk it for all its worth.

  • henock1989

    Feb 18, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #28


  • henock1989

    Feb 18, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #29


  • Charlietoon

    Feb 18, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #30

    I hope he stays but if he were to go to Chelski in exchange for Sturridge and Pat Van I’d be quite excited by that deal. We’d lose a great left back but get what looks a top class talent in both striker and immediate left back replacement. We need to accept that at a certain point lots of these players will want champions league football and if we can be like Arsenal and play hard ball with wages because they will play in Europe well have a better shot at holding on to our best guys. They wont stay for the money because others will pay more.

    I really want to beat Liverpool this season in the league. It’d be a massive F You to Andy and anyone else who thinks the pool are the answer.

  • fungus44

    Feb 18, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Joey Barton is full of praise for Leon Best for the way he has grabbed the chance presented to him after Carroll’s departure to Liverpool on the final day of the January transfer window.

    Joey Barton: “Besty has taken the bull by the horns so if anyone doubted him before, he’s shown what he is about in abundance.

    “Strikers live and die on goals and he’s done that.

    “We’ve got enough quality in the side that. If they are willing to work and put a shift in for the team, then we’ll get chances.”

  • jimiley

    Feb 18, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #32

    The comments are always taken out of context are they not. But he has not said that they are lies. The guy is only saying what we already know. The club is knackered under this owner. He is being honest. Would any of you want to play for FC Cashley. Limited wages and no ambition for the club except to make more dosh for himself. I wish the Bull all the luck in the world and will watch his career develop at a properly run club which values its supporters. FC Cashley can tell as many lies as he likes but I will not believe a word that comes out of SJP. Just look at the players he has sold and the money he has raked in and the money he has spent on transfers. Anybody who believes that the Carroll money will be spent on transfers is not living in the real world. I definitely do not believe it when anybody at the club states it will be used for players. Has the club ever told the truth in the last three years? This owner exists by lies and conning people. He will sell the Bull and Tiote and possibly Barton having already laid his plans to sell the club. Then he will leave us in the lurch. If nobody is prepared to buy the club for the crazy money he wants, he will make his profit by selling our best players and then sod off. Parasite. You are a muppet if you believe a single word he says. Not that he can be bothered to talk to the fans anymore. He has contempt for us. I cannot believe how stupid some of you lot are giving this bandit the benefit of any doubt. Some of you will say he saved the club when it had a huge debt. Wrong!!!! The guy dropped a massive bollock. He always intended it to be a plaything for profit. The bollock? He did not do due diligence and realized he was 100 million worse off than he thought. So he paid off the debt to save massive interest paymentst but by God are we paying for it now. He is selling off the crown jewels (the players), keeping the transfer money and will leave with a massive profit when he sells. We will be left with a poor team and as always we will be picking up the pieces. Come on you lot wake up and smell the coffee. The players are rumbling about spending the money because they know he will not and its all a game and an excuse for the exit door. Who wants to stay in a team fighting another relegation battle with no backing from an owner who will have probably flown the nest.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Feb 18, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Jimiley – I said this to someone last night, it elicited a stingy response, lit the blue touch paper, but yaaaaaaaaaaawn….. We know what the minority of hardcore Ashley bashers think, stop trying to impose those views on others. I’m sure, naturally, fans will join you in your vendetta against Mike, SHOULD the £35m not be reinvested and we sell key players, then you can gloat and I shall bow to your power of foresight. Everyone recognises this is a pivotal summer window, but until this summers dealings are over, only then can we judge. People have said this before me, it’s getting annoying now, there’s only so many ways it can be written!!

  • Drona

    Feb 18, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #34

    As I had clearly stated in the earlier article that these newspaper just make stuff up and try to unsettle the players. This is the epitome of jackassery from those newspapers

  • jimiley

    Feb 18, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #35

    Tired of people saying its made up by the press if its negative. Sometimes the press are right mate, but we do not want to acknowledge bad news until its confirmed by a sale. Don’t rubbish the press all the time. Its like rubbishing referees all the time. Funny hoe we latch onto news about a possible big buy. Its not rubbish then is it until it turns out to be bollocks. Big buys at NUFC? What are they?

  • bills-son

    Feb 18, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #36

    aaronjd – Bill-son, are you mike Ashley in disguise?

    If I was matey I wouldn’t be on this forum on a Friday night I’d be in a casino or swanky restaurant swiggin the best vino collapso.

    I’m no MA lover, I just think some of the crap – like the post above by jimiley – needs challenging. All this garbage about MA hates us, is selling off the crown jewels (he’s sold one player for a stupid unrefusable amount), is stuffing cash in his pockets and only wants mid table mediocrity etc., etc., … its laughable man.

    MA made some daft decisions when he came, none dafter than bringing Keegan back in my opinion. He did that because he listened to the fans – yes, he sh%t on Keegan but I bet our Kevin was a right prima donna just like he was the first time round. I love Keegan for what he did first time round but him and MA where NEVER going to gel. And MA bringing in Wise was like pouring petrol on a fire.

    But thats gone, finished, history. Since MA decided he was keeping the club I believe he is dedicated to making us a success and has a long term plan. If I’m wrong and he sells off every decent player in the summer and spends F All I’ll eat humble pie on here and call him all the names under the fn sun.

    But – I’m getting more convinced that we have one of the best owners in the Premier who has learnt his lessons fast and will make us a real force to be reckoned with. This summer will be the test of that – I think the £35M will be spent and MA will do his best to keep our top players BUT he won’t be held to a wages ransom.

    We can debate all day but its all hot air – me included – until the summer. We’ll see the true colour of MA then.

  • baro

    Feb 18, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Jose Enrique is no doubt one of the top 3 best players at the is club! He is just awesome and is only going to get better from now… He is Brilliant! One very smart and always consistent week in or week out. Its the type of players that every manager and team would want. He said before that he loves life on Tyneside. I’m more than certain he will stay wearing the Black n’ White for ever. He didn’t say i’m leaving all he said is that i’m not going to start and finialize a deal with the club until Jose knows his self that Nufc are for sure safe in the top flight. An amazing footballer…..

  • jimiley

    Feb 18, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #38

    No doubt you would have said a few weeks ago that Carroll is staying for life. Do not give me your lotto numbers!!!!

  • bills-son

    Feb 18, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #39

    coolcatcarter89 @33

    Spot on. MA will be judged in the summer. Period.

    The likes of me and you are giving him the benefit of the doubt and will eat humble pie if we are wrong.

    BUT … I bet the likes of jimiley wont eat humble pie if they are wrong. They’ll find some other nonsense about MA to whine and sh%te on about.

  • baro

    Feb 18, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #40

    Hey just wondering with Hatem Ben Arfa coming back in a week or two i hope he is fully fit as in 100% and not like Dan Gosling rush to play, but i think Ben Arfa will be back March 5th to score another cracker against Everton….



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