Alan Pardew has today clarified the situation regarding Jose Enrique and a much mentioned summer move to Liverpool.
Rumours regarding the future of Jose Enrique have been rife for some time now, even before Pinocchio Thompson had his say to Norwegian TV and claimed that a deal was done between the two clubs for the services of the Spanish left-back. Jose has been superb for most of the season so it’s only natural that there will be interest in a player that will have only 12 months of his current deal remaining in the summer.
In terms of comments from the club, you could say that the silence has been deafening. Well actually you could say that the silence has been normal as the club once again refused to comment on the speculation when quizzed on Monday. That silence has been broken today by Alan Pardew, who is adamant that a deal has NOT been agree between the two clubs.
“There’s definitely no deal between the clubs – 100%,” Pardew told The Chronicle. “He’s under contract here until next summer. And we hope to open talks on a new deal as soon as possible. That’s where we are.”
“We want to keep our best players, and Jose’s one of them. As far as anything being a done deal, that’s not true. We want Jose to stay. Nothing’s changed.”
Whilst it is nice to hear these kinds of things I’m still not taking it as a guarantee that Jose will stay with us. Pardew doesn’t exactly have a track record of backing his statements up after his many declarations of Andy Carroll not being for sale. We all know what happened there.
So whilst a deal may not be agreed as it stands, there is still a degree of uncertainty over Jose Enrique. However, it’s better than a deal being agreed I guess as at least it means that we still have a chance of extending Jose’s say on Tyneside.
It’s been said before, and no doubt it will get said again, but the key to the success of the summer transfer window is very much dependent on our ability to keep hold of our current better players. If we can hold on to them then we’ll have a decent foundation to build upon, but if we let them go then we’ll have to start building from the ground up once again.
As for Jose, we’ll see….