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?