While there was news in the People this morning that Manchester United may be after Jose Enrique, good news today in the Sunday Sun that the Spaniard may be having second thoughts about leaving Newcastle.
Jose Enrique – having second thoughts about leaving?
Jose was upset that Andy Carroll was allowed to leave in January, as was Joey Barton, and a whole loot of Newcastle fans to be sure, including us – my son Neil says he’ll never ever watch another Liverpool match, and was simply devastated by the sale.
But possibly because Newcastle have done so well this season in the league, and that the £35M Carroll cash will presumably be reinvested in the squad this summer, Jose may feel Newcastle have a good future ahead of them.
And Jose may feel he has a part to play in that future on Tyneside.
Newcastle had a bid of £5M for Toulouse left back Cheikh M’Bengue rejected recently, and only this week the player himself has said Newcastle were after him.
But Alan Pardew has told the Sunday Sun today that Jose Enrique had “absolutely not” said he wanted a move.
Pardew and Enrique have both been consistent in saying negotiations will start when Newcatsle are safe, and then we guess that was changed to say all contract negotiations will start at the end of the season. That’s next Sunday.
The Sunday Sun is reporting the good news today that Newcastle are now ready to offer the Spaniard a massive new five-year contract with a substantial pay rise, so that’s very good to hear.
Alan is still said to be optimistic of retaining one of Newcastle’s best players, and the chants for Enrique by the Geordie crowd last Saturday, will not have not hurt that one little bit.
In fact more of that in the West Brom game next Sunday could persuade Enrique to stay – it’s got to be worth a try.
In fact if Jose stays on Tyneside, he will be an even bigger hero because he will have chosen Newcastle over some big clubs after him – like Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Manchester United.
This is what manager Pardew said today about Jose:
“He’s not indicated to myself or to Derek what his intentions are.” “We’re still optimistic – of course. I’d love to keep him. Absolutely love to keep him.”
“But I think we have to be on our guard because there are so many noises about him. I think that’s the nature of the business we’re in.”
It’s hard to know what to think with Jose with so many reports in the press about him leaving, but if he stays that would be just fantastic for Newcastle United.
If you’d like to send a message to Jose to ask him to stay you can do so here.
We get emails all the time on the web-site from readers, and we received one yesterday from a supposed Jose Enrique – and yes most of them are just fakes – we know that.
I checked out the IP address and other things you can check out on-line, and it’s consistent – but still probably a prank.
Anyway the email asked why I was writing that he was leaving Newcastle, and he said he loved Newcastle and didn’t want to leave, but he also wanted the club to invest this summer and buy some top players.
Take it all with a pinch of salt – we did – although we do know Jose is a regular reader of this web-site.
We live in hope. 😀