We were very surprised to read the latest quotes attributed to Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique in the Daily Mirror today, , and if they are true, he’ll be leaving Newcastle in the summer.
Jose Enrique – not particularly good words about Newcastle
Jose is ambitious we know that, but in his latest quotes he comes out and seems to criticize the Newcastle United club, and that’s not good.
This is what Jose said, which has variations and additions on what he is quoted as saying yesterday:
“It is flattering that Liverpool are interested,” “I’ve also heard that Manchester United and Aston Villa have asked about me.
“I’m happy at Newcastle, but I’m not closing the door to anything. I love the fans here at Newcastle. I have suffered with the team, with the relegation two years ago and I have to be realistic.”
“Newcastle is not working well, it has made promises it has not been able to keep and I am ambitious. I want to play in the Champions League, major competitions and to go to the Spanish team.”
“I have the dream of the senior national team debut. I work to get the chance someday. I want to be prepared to do well in the red shirt.” “I’ve always said I’m fine at the club. But, like any player, I want to win titles.” “I want to say to my children in the future I’ve played in the Champions League or for Spain.”
“The club has promised that all the Carroll money will go towards new players. I hope that is so,” “Andy Carroll was a great striker for Newcastle. He was a key player,”
“But he is not the only player who has left and now we are short-staffed.” “There are a lot of colleagues who only made their Premier League debuts this year and we have no replacement players for some positions. If we suffer injuries to major players we’ll have problems.”
Those are not promising words for Newcastle fans – assuming he actually made those comments – and it could well be that he has been misquoted.
But if we are to believe what he says, there seems no way he will be signing a new contract at Newcastle, which also means th Tyneside club will have to take a reduced price for him, since he will have just 12 months left on his contract come the summer.
The other news on Jose today, is that Newcastle are reported to be willing to let the left-back leave Newcastle for £12M, which is said to be the price quoted to AC Milan, who seem not to have been put off by that transfer fee.
Alan Pardew is said to have been OK with that, just as long as the transfer money is reinvested into the squad in the summer.