We’re Just Pleased Enrique Will Turn Up For Pre-Season


The Jose Enrique transfer saga has been going on for over six months now.

Jose Enrique – will turn up for pre-season

It seems that Newcastle selling Andy Carroll in January caused quite a few of our players to question the ambitions of Newcastle, and in particular that of the owner, Mike Ashley.

Jose is ambitious, and for whatever reason he doesn’t now think he can achieve those ambitions on Tyneside, and would therefore like to move to a club that is playing in the Champions League.

If the rumors are to be believed, then Arsenal may be interested in him, and he could have Champions League football with that famous London club.

Pre-season training resumed yesterday, but it’s apparently a staggered return and neither Barton nor Enríque were expected yesterday.

But Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has made a rather startling statement today about Enrique – this is what the manager said:

“There was a big part of me thinking Enríque might not return for the first day of training but he looks like he is and that’s good news,”

Things must be a little serious if Pardew didn’t even expect Jose to turn up, but hey, the Spaniard is contracted to Newcastle for one more year and it is his legal obligation to honor his contract, unless Newcastle decide to sell him of course.

So not turning up for pre-season training would have been bad – very bad in fact – and not a very good sign to the new players arriving at the club – that’s for sure.

That statement by Pardew may suggest things are worse than we had thought with Jose, and it’s an odd and rather worrying statement to us.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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65 comments so far

  • spitfire_

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #1

    I don’t care… It’s obvious that he doesn’t wanna stay. Now he has the great ambition to play in CL… but where was this ambition where we relegated.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #2

    the thing thats encouraging about jose is
    manu dont want him
    man city jus signed clichey
    liverpool reclutant to pay the transfer fee or better his wages
    arsenal will probably get lyon left back
    hes is running out of options to go to in the prem league

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  • Eastander

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #3

    you’re flying through the blogs this morning Ed! I see N’zogbia is back to being favourite to join us again today on skybet after the links with Villa yesterday

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  • TS -77

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #4

    He´s still on the pay-roll so of course he will show up. Leaving or not, he´s still a proffesional..

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  • toonfan76

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Jose is still waiting for the club to show the right kind of ambition for him to stay, He wants to win things, we have to convince him that the club wants the same thing, if not then it’s bye bye Jose.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #6

    jose is messing us about not giving an answer if hes not committed then leave

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  • spitfire_

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #7

    @5

    What? This mean that the player is bigger than the club… Stay or go – he decide, but can’t put some demands to the club!

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #8

    anyone see the south american expert off talk sport saying that juan manuel martinez will b a huge success if he comes here

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #9

    There will be one more addition on the training ground.
    Ashleys helicopter.(great for last minute departure deals)

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  • roy cropper

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #10

    aye the official spokespeople are out in force this week..

    pardew – covering the tv&radio

    whilst davybtoon – covers the internet.

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  • toonarmy1986

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #11

    My gut instinct says Jose will hand in a transfer request this week.

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  • La Fée Verte

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Has anyone actually seen Martinez play? Why is he called The Little Donkey?

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  • barryvenison

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #13

    cause he’s got a massive ….

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  • neil

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #14

    I can’t quite work this one out because he was “happy” enough to drop down to the Championship with us and try and work to get us back up then after one season in the top league he says indirectly (Never said anything in public) that he wants Champions League footy. Surely there’s something more deep-rooted with José in that he doesn’t like the hierachy or manager and therefore wants out.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #15

    roy cropper – i like to b positive rather than one of these doom n gloom mongers

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  • Klatoon

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #16

    I think pardew meant he expected jose to have left th club by now and not absconding from 1st day of training as most seem to have interpreted it

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #17

    If Arsenal want the lad its a no brainer. Wenger will wait until the last hour of transfer day and get him for about two million. It would be totally amazing if Ashley decided to keep both Enrique and Barton and let them play their hearts out in their last year. Cannot see it myself. Ash wants the Cash.

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  • nick_9

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Spitfire where was his ambition when we relegated? Are you knocking the lad for staying with us and bringing us back up or for performances in the season we went down? Either way I think your argument sucks. If he is sitting it out for a while to see what the clubs plans are I don’t forking blame him. You only get about 15 years to acheive something at football and how likely is Jose to win a league or European cup with us under this regime? Serious question. I cannot see it happening anytime soon, carling cup or fa cup maybe but Jose is a player worthy of Europe. We’re a club worthy of Europe but at the minute we are a long way off. There are six/seven teams competing for the top four places and invest a lot more than we do.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #19
  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #20

    i am tired of this ENRIQUE saga

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  • Eastander

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #21

    off topic from enrique… did anyone evr hear about stokes bid for sturridge of 6m? whether it got anywhere or just thrown out

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  • Irie-Magpie

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #22

    Morning Lads, the deal on Erding looks like falling apart is this is anything to go by “His Words” http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_7021213,00.html

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #23

    i think ppl keep forgetting that barton will hardly play bar injuries to first team players or sub appearences

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #24

    irish magpie – trouble is psg dont want him hence the reason there trying to offload him

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  • AndyMac

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #25

    Yes Roy gotta keep the spin going 🙂

    The door at Arsenal has just opened up for Jose with Clichy leaving. Champions League football beckons with Gooners rebuilding – just a question of whether Wenger will open his wallet wide enough ?

    Ambition. Its a funny thing. When we as a club show a lack of it (by not spending on a replacement striker) people ignore it yet when Jose shows it everyone slags him off !!!

    Good luck to the fella he’s too good for this club until we start showing some of Jose’s ambition we’ll always be a club for players to use on their way up !

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  • spitfire_

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #26

    @9

    I don’t say that – read and THINK! I just wonder where was his Champions League ambition. ?ll rubbish in the newspapers has bad influence on him and his mind.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #27

    if jose goes to arsenal why dont we ask for gibbs n vela as part ex

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  • spitfire_

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #28

    @18 sry

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  • Irie-Magpie

    Jul 5, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #29

    True, but if we do sign him will he give a hundred percent… not forgetting it’s important to sign players that want to play for the black & white.

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  • Irie-Magpie

    Jul 5, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #30

    who was it that was raving about this guys, seems that he is available so maybe if this falls true we may go put a bid in?? http://www.skysports.com/story/0,,11095_7021455,00.html

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  • dave 1961

    Jul 5, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #31

    a lot of so called like any other business you invest when you have the money, football is our main activity, we are not a shop foe second hand footballers, yes Ashley has loaned the club money, mainly to cover the losses he has created. a large proportion of our fan base has been driven away by Ashley, corporate hospitality has fallen greatly, season ticket sales are down. season after season we loose more because of Ashley & Llambias. what happens to these great young players we were supposed to sign. all we get is spin with no substance, now our manager is claiming players returning from injury are new players, next we will be informed we have signed a couple of new player, Routlage & xsisco. we have got 3 new players great start we need 3 more then 10 18-20 year old’s to take the place of players that leave next season & the season after, then Ashley can start to take his loans back, when this will not impact on our
    league status. Ashley’s not a fan he’s just as happy to skirt with relegation, it just like putting £20m on the roulette table, like i often post we are a football club, our business is entertainment. not a player shop.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jul 5, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #32

    I just wish he’d p*ss off quickly it’s getting boring

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 5, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #33

    8million euro for roux is great price

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  • La Fée Verte

    Jul 5, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #34

    @barryvenison

    That thought had crossed my mind. Surely it can’t be based on his playing style.

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  • manxpie

    Jul 5, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #35

    Does anyone else think pardews comment might have been a tongue in cheek 1 n has any1 else seen in the sun it says we payed 4.3 mil 4 abeid i thought he was a free?

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  • Klatoon

    Jul 5, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Any1 else think we (G.Carr) might be scouting players in the Copa America? Ve’ been watching it on TV and there’s some cracking young players.

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  • bills-son

    Jul 5, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #37

    Arsenal are selling Fabregas, Nasri and Clichy – we have sold Carroll for £35M (Tevez is valued at £40M – shows what a brilliant piece of business selling Carroll was), Nolan and possibly Enrique.

    Does this mean Arsenal are owned by a fat greedy unambitious ba$tard who only wants money, money, money whilst screwing the fans?

    No – its the way of the football world. Players move on, sometimes for a better chance of trophies, sometimes for more money and sometimes because the club no longer wants them.

    Toon fans like dave 1961 who say MA is deliberately screwing the club and only wants to ‘skirt with relegation’ because we sold Carroll and Nolan and won’t give Barton the contract he wants are talking b%ll%x. He is doing what he thinks is right for his business, what he thinks will tale it forwards not backwards. Where is the sense in deliberately taking a business backwards? Only an idiot would believe MA is doing that.

    You might disagree with MA’s decisions – and you may be right. But don’t say he is a FGB intent on destroying our club – that is pure drivel and shows an airhead IQ.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 5, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #38

    Oh good lord this AGAIN?

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  • KillyMansGiro

    Jul 5, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #39

    They won’t seel enrykay for 2 mill, the can wait til Jan to do that!
    Anyone on here ever got a tiket spare 4 nowt? jus am skint let us now.

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  • LooniToon

    Jul 5, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #40

    The 35million was always said to include signing on fee’s, agent costs and wages. This was always said to be the case, just because alot of you didn’t want to believe it, doesn’t mean it wasnt true. If some of you honestly think we have spent nothing on gettin any of summer signing to the club, i fear for your safety in every day life and if it was anything to do with me i would keep you away from all sharp or pointy objects for life. As the article say’s 22mill alone on wages at least. Now im not saying we don’t need any more signings or anything daft like that, but the way some of you doom n gloomers go on, over the past 3 years its becomming a chore to read your posts. If we sign ten players u whinge, if we sign none u whinge blah blah blah blah. Get behind the team this season as that is what real fan’s do, if you cannot get behind the team then in my eyes your not a true fan. If you only support the toon if we get huge marque signings i hope u accidently fall off the tyne bridge 😉 The squad has improved and despite how much you cry, fat ash has spent money this summer, get over it!!

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