The final game of the season is tomorrow, and after that we should know fairly soon what the intentions of left-back Jose Enrique are.
Jose Enrique – time for him to decide – and come clean
We’d like Jose to stay, but it’s really up to him, and if his desire is to leave Newcatsle – then so be it.
But Newcatsle have every right to know what his intentions are as soon as the season finished, since he has said he’ll negotiate a new deal only at the end of the season.
Alan Pardew has been talking about the Enrique situation today and it was discussed in his meeting with Mike Ashley in Newcastle last Thursday:
“The Enrique one is something we talked about, and how possible is it going to be to get him over the line? There’s one or two here who could possibly could go.”
“We’re hopeful he stays. We’re safe which was what his people said that they would wait for, but it’s hard because we’re finding it difficult to get him to come to the table.”
“There’s no point keeping a player who has set his sights on a club he perceives as bigger. You can’t keep a player who is de-motivated and, ultimately, Newcastle fans want players who want to play for their club.”
Newcastle shouldn’t spend too much time on this, especially if it becomes obvious that Jose has been stalling until the end of the season to say he wants to leave Newcastle, and we should know fairly soon.
That would have simply been a strategy of Jose and his people to keep Newcatsle waiting – so if it turns out to be the case – Jose should go – and Newcastle should get the biggest fee they can for him.
A sizable fee even looks possible with Manchester United, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Lyon and AC Milan all said to still be interested in the player.
There seems to be some evidence that Jose is simply stalling, as Alan said today that it’s been difficult to get his Jose’s people to the table:
“We’re finding it difficult to get him to come to the table. We’re safe, which I think was what his people said that they would wait for, it’s now the last game and once we get the last game out of the way we’ll sit down and see where we are with it. We’re very hopeful he stays.”
Hopefully this Jose Enrique saga, which has gone on for far too long since January, when Andy Carroll left the club, will be over one way or the other very soon, and as soon as possible, as far as we are concerned.
Then Newcastle will know where they stand, which they haven’t for about four months, and they will know whether they need to bring in a new left back this summer.