Jose Enrique Still Speaks Very Fondly Of Newcastle

Jose Enrique has given another interview with the local Newcastle press corps today.

Jose Enrique – still speaks fondly of Newcastle

The left-back, one of the best in the Premier League, has turned out be one of Sam Allardyce’s best signings for Newcastle, when big Sam signed him back in the summer of 2007, for £6.2M from Spanish club Villareal.

However, Jose is still likely to leave Newcastle this summer, and he’ll probably move to either Liverpool or Bayern Munich.

This is what Jose said today:

“To finish in the top 10 is important this season.” “We’ll see what happens next year and which players come to us.” “We have a great squad here though, and we have been very unlucky with injuries.”

“Next season we will hopefully get new players and try to build on a top-10 finish.” “It would be very nice for us to finish ahead of Sunderland.”

“I remember they were happy to see us go down, but now we are in Premier League and we have been better than them so far – it’s important we keep going.”

“When you play with one less like Birmingham did, it is hard.” “But we tried to play football for our fans – and that is what we have to keep going,”

It seems the local Geordie fans are doing their very best to try to keep Enrique at Newcastle, and they shouted the Spaniards name in the second half of Saturday’s game.

And of course Jose has always been very popular on Tyneside, and he always gives 100% for Newcastle, and he stuck with the side when they were relegated two years ago, and then was simply outstanding in last season’s promotions drive.

It’s not surprising the 25 year-old is still a very popular guy on Tyneside.

Jose continued:

“It is always nice to hear that, but we’ll what happens.” “The most important thing is the team.” “I know the fans like me a lot, but we’ll see.”

“It was a really good victory for us as a team.” “Now we have confirmed our place in the Premier League, but if we had lost this match it would not have been a good situation.”

“It would have been difficult to go to Chelsea if we had lost against Birmingham.” “We want to finish the season on a high. We won this game and it means a less stressful end to the campaign.”

“We still have two games left and we’ll try to get six points.” “Maybe we could have won by more, but after they got a red card they put 10 men behind the ball.”

“They were trying to hold on to the ball, but it was fine as long as we were winning.” “The most important thing was that we got three points.”

“We would have liked to win 5-1 or 6-1, but it is still three points from winning 2-1.”

It’s hard to tell from those words what Jose is thinking of doing in the summer.

We hope he stays at Newcastle.

By the way that supposed new away strip looks very much like a goalkeeper jersey doesn’t it. 😀


Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    May 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #1

    It would be great if we could keep Enrique, Nolan & Barton with the rest of the current squad & Vicuk, Arfa, Gosling & Williamson fit and hopefully another 4-5 good players we could ahve asquad capable of challenging for a top 8 place & dare I say it a potential European spot.

  • estechco

    May 9, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, It’s not at all hard to see what Jose is think of doing. He keeps talking in the third person and repeats “we’ll see” i.e. delaying from making a positive decision.

    Accept it…he’s all but gone!

  • Drona

    May 9, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #3

    bayern insider says 20mil deal for left back fabio coentrao from benfica is a done which means enrique doesn’t go to munich. french reports say taye taiwo done deal with ac milan, so cancel enrique from that equation too… now only place he can go is liverpool. i pray he doesn’t

  • tynesidetommo

    May 9, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Frankly, I find it more than a little odd that members of the Newcastle press corps didn’t ask him whether he was leaving or whether he was now going to open contract talks.

    Smacks a bit of news manipulation aided and abetted by the local hacks

  • gorskino10

    May 9, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Seems bit strange hardly any interviews then like 2 or 3 in space of few weeks, He is a canny guy, he is mearly using this as a way of saying good things about us before he leaves, hoping to leave on a good note and not get Boo’d like Andy or Owen did.

    End of the day much like Barton/Nolan has done they stated they WANT to stay, Jose says words like IF I HAVE TO.
    He wont stay and i hope he gets Boo’d because he had a terrible EPL season and has only gave us 1 great year in Championship and then now doing well in EPL and now he is jumping ship.

    “important thing is the team.” “I know the fans like me a lot, but we’ll see.”

    But we’ll see? This is clear as anything stating the fans love him now (BUT) may not soon.
    Also that “Its not about me its the team” is another hint saying this is a way of trying to leave when you know your a big player you always say the clubs most important thing blah blah blah not himself and they will still do well when i leave.

    Why the hell dont he just say im leaving, we all know its already been agreed, I’d prefer honesty over a lier whos stringing us along untill end of season then leaving.
    If he goes to Liverpool he will get boo’d and deserves it, People who Jump ship are scum and that it.

  • GeordieGerman

    May 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #6

    “We’ll see what happens next year and which players come to us.”

    Am I the only optimist here?

  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 9, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #7

    See Mike Ashley’s value has jumped by £300m in the last year…..Lets hope he can see fit to release some of that to the Toon!

    He owes the Fans something for his behaviour, bring on the summer, and the new season!

  • ilde2551

    May 9, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #8

    GeordieGerman – you are not alone. for me this interview is very positive, he talks about how next season we will be competing for top 10, thus insinuating that he wants to stay. Viva la Jose!

  • GeordieDan

    May 9, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed> “By the way that supposed new away strip looks very much like a goalkeeper jersey doesn’t it.”


  • Flood

    May 9, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #10

    I cant believe how many pessimistic people there are on this blog. The interview is positive, and he talks about next year and signings. There is a hint of uncertainty when he says ‘well see’ but i think thats based on him getting the contract he wants. He’s using his one year on his contract and the fact he is wanted as bargaining power….

    to the people who say he’s had one good season, grow up! he’s brilliant for us and it’s a shame people are criticising his footballing skills. say what you want about him being greedy, but come on, he is a hell of a footballer and it shows by people’s sudden change of opinion..

    also he reads this blog (or he did). had a comment on his twitter when one fan sai nile ranger was the new messi. found it funny….

  • Flood

    May 9, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #11

    also ed, you speak as if he’s a former player….he still plays for her and has not once expressed a true desire to leave…..

  • GeordieTwo

    May 9, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Hope Jose stays as he has been tremendous over the last 2 seasons. I would rather see Jonas go than Jose. I think Jose wastes too much time with 3 yard passes to Jonas who then takes the ball into the corner and loses it to 2 defenders who can pretty much depend on him doing the same thing 90% of the time. We need a new presence at LW. If Jonas stays move him to RW. Watched match against Birmingham and almost 90% of our attack comes from the left. When Joey gradually edges toward CM we have Simpson by himself on the right. Is there a more unbalanced team in the Prem than us? Was happy to see Simpson get a few crosses in. Normally a team would tear us to pieces down the right if Simpson was left exposed like that. Big changes are needed. Peter out, Ranger just can’t finish and is selfish with the ball, Shola on the bench at best, Best a big question mark. My hopes mainly lie with Ben Arfa coming in as well as 5 or 6 new players including 2 strikers. We need a pacier midfield to get into the top 10 as well. Can’t see sticking with Nolan and Barton together, they are just too slow.

  • Cardboy

    May 9, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Hope he stays but think it doubtful. It would be a big temption to go to a remerging Liverpool who will probably be pushing into the top five next season. Ashley needs to create the type of atmosphere where players want to go. The crowds there week in week out, its a massive club and he just needs the faith to put all that money where his mouth is and not hedge his bets while he tries to find a buyer.

  • wilko

    May 9, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #14

    guys I’m an optimist I’m putting myself in J E’s shoes We’ll see… maybe we’ll see the quality of signings and the ambition if that’s all good then why wouldn’t he stay? then if it is money and he moves for that, then I will be sorry for this wretched industry that football has become

  • Bell

    May 9, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #15


    why on earth would anyone want to boo jose if he leaves in the summer!!? he has been truely outstanding this and last season and i believe deserves to play in a european cup squad. if he does end up with liverpool (I HATE LIVERPOOL SOOOO MUCH) then when he plays against us at St. James’ he will get a brill response.

    also, when he was talking about the summer window and US signing some players, doesn’t that not make you think that he may end up staying? considering what he said in this interview he may be waiting to see who we sign before he makes up his mind.

    basically of we get some impressive players in he may stay and see if we can finish in top 7 or maybe even will the league cup (fat chance).


  • scdoty

    May 9, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Agreed, that was alot more positive than the last interview.

    And as for some people saying he has had a bad EPL, grow up. He has had a great season, fair enough not in the last few games. LAST FEW.

  • PoolieToon

    May 9, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #17

    I’d be sad to see Enrique get stick every time he played against us. Despite this interview being a bit more positive I still think he is going.

    Its clear he does love this club and appreciates how much we like him, but imagine being in that dressing room with all that sh!te going on, I’d just want to play football without assets being sold around me (even tho he is one of those assets).

    I would be pissed if he went to the scouse rats but he never said ‘i want to stay’ like judas did so its not like he turned his back on us.

    and 10-15mill for him would be great because for all he has great impacts on a few games, there is times like most players where he struggles to get involved, so i’d rather have the money for MORE players as well as quality, I think the ammount we need outweighs the need for Messi’s at the moment.

  • craig bell

    May 9, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #18

    “I know the fans like me a lot, but we’ll see.” says it all to me. I just hope he moves out of the premier league instead of the scouse scum liverpool. I would have no complaints with him wanting to play for a team like bayern or milan, he deservers it. And hes given more that live up to the 6 million we payed for him. Id feel really let down if he went to liverpool

  • singamagpie

    May 10, 2011 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #19

    Well Taiwo has joined AC Milan, looks like if he were to leave us, he would be joining Liverpool. Or maybe he’ll stay with us. I think he’s waiting for what our club does in the summer b4 making a decision.

    out of topic, since Norwich is back in the PL, i think we should loan forster to them for PL experience due to his connections with them. Krul & Harper to fight for no.1 next season.

    Also, i think we should try to loan Milner from Man city to play CM with Tiote. Not a first choice in ManC nowadays and more likely to sit out next season as ManC are gonna spend again since they are in CL.

  • tweaked

    May 10, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #20

    nice jose, with you in our back four we can move up the ladder and push for the europa spot maybe even the FA or Carling Cup… finally prove we are worth the silverware

    I think Daniel sturridge and shawn wright phillips should be on our list as they want first team football, this will cover the front and right side which we sorely need

  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    May 10, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #21

    I dont know aboute you lot but if Jose does leave and leaves for Liverpool i for one will not be booing him when he returns to SJP. He stayed with us when we went down and was a very big part of our promotion. I cant think of one time in the championship where Jose was beaten by a player or caused a goal. He was my 3rd choice for man of the match in the game against Birmingham and him and Jonas have a great partner ship down the left and would hate for us to loose that. He has been fantastic for us i would hate for him to leave (especially for Liverpool) but for what he has done for us i am willing to accept it.


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