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.