The 25-year-old left back at Newcastle, Jose Enrique, has given an interview today to the BBC.
Jose Enrique – we hope Jose stays at Newcastle
And Jose says he’s happy at Newcastle, but will decide his future at the end of the season.
Let’s take a look at what Jose said to BBC Late Kick Off:
“I’m just concentrating on playing for Newcastle,” “We haven’t spoken about contracts yet – I don’t want to say more about that,”
“I’m happy with that and I’m very happy here. I know there are a few difficult things at Newcastle, but we the players don’t have to think about that.”
“If I have to continue here at Newcastle, I’m happy. If I have to go to another club, I’m happy in England. If I have to go to another league, I’m happy.”
“I just want to play football – it’s my life and it’s best for me.” “This team has fight,” . “It’s hard for players like me, Jonas Gutierrez, Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan – we’ve played with big names before.
“But a lot has changed. Before, we had players like Mark Viduka, and now we have players like Williamson and Perch – players who have played in the Championship and they fight to play in the Premier League.”
“We’re doing well, we had Michael Owen and players like that and we were relegated, but with this team we will stay in the division.”
There’s a little bit of criticism that Newcastle don’t have the top players they had during the relegation season, but a fat lot of good they did two years ago for the Tyneside club, and at least Jose points out that the team now has spirit and fight and and will stay in the Premier League.
Not exactly sure what Jose means when the says there are a few difficult things at Newcastle, but maybe that’s a reference to owner Mike Ashley, but maybe not.
We don’t know if some of the above statements from Jose are code for the fact he will move on in the summer, because he also says if he has to go to another club he’ll be happy.
But why would he need to go to another club if Newcastle offer him around £50K/week, which is basically what Cheick Tiote got recently from Newcastle in a huge six and a half year contract, and maybe if Newcastle offered Hose a similar long term deal he would take it?
We don’t know if Jose is on his way or not, but the local papers say that Newcastle have given up the ghost on keeping Jose.
But they’ve been wrong before, and we would be delighted if Jose decides to stay at Newcastle. And if he does he’ll be little short of a hero to Newcastle fans, who put a huge weight on players being loyal to Newcastle United.
If you want to send a message to Jose to ask him to stay with Newcastle, and help make us great again, you can do so here.