I’ve been talking lately about Jose Enrique, and that he’s likely to leave Newcastle in the summer, but there’s some good news today on that front.
Jose Enrique – will he stay on Tyneside?
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said today that he thinks Jose Enrique will indeed stay on at the Newcastle club.
We really hope that’s true, because there’s no doubt about it, it would be just terrific news if Jose does indeed sign a new deal at Newcastle, and stays long term.
The Spaniard has long said he does not want to talk about a new deal at Newcastle, until the club are absolutely certain they will be in the Premier league next season.
And that could still be a few weeks away, with our next game after Stoke today being in two weeks time at home to Wolves, so if we can win the next two games, that would give Newcastle 42 points and safe enough with 7 games still to play.
It’s no secret that both Liverpool and AC Milan seem very interested in the top class Newcastle left-back, who may get a full Spanish cap sooner rather than later.
Pardew has always said he want to keep all the top players already at the club, although he did miss out famously, when the club sold Andy Carroll in January, but if Andy is the only one to leave, Newcastle will be in great shape for next season.
It seems Newcastle have been successful in tying down the great Cheick Tiote, as we talked about earlier today, and Mike Williamson too, who has been excellent this season and also signed a long term deal at Newcastle.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“There is no update at the moment.” “Jose Enrique’s a little bit different because he wants to make sure we’re safe before he opens negotiations.”
“Once we’re safe, Jose said he wanted to talk.” “We’re hoping to do that before the end of the season.”
And Joey Barton is another player the fans want to stay at the club, and he is now a huge favorite with the Newcastle fans.
It will mean a lot to Alan Pardew if he is able to keep his best players at the club, and of course he will be doing all he can to persuade them behind the scenes to stay.
Alan says he has a great relationship going with Joey Barton, and he thinks Joey is a great player – and he’s right about that.
This is what Alan said generally about the contract situation on Tyneside:
“I think everyone else will run now on their contracts until the end of the season.”
“We’ll all sit down and try to iron out issues with players in terms of contracts, and hopefully keep our best players at this football club. That’s what we want to do.”
This is potentially good news today, and if you’d like to send a note to Joey or Jose, asking them to stay at the club, you can do so here.
Both Joey and Jose have been in terrific form for Newcastle this season, and it would be great if they both stay long term on Tyneside.