Jose has proved his worth over the last couple of seasons and his excellent form has been noticed by the ‘big boys’. Inevitably the bigger clubs come sniffing around when a player shows they have ability and Jose sure has bags of ability. The truth is it’s hard keeping hold of players when better teams show concrete interest.
A lot has been said and speculated about the future of the Spaniard, with several newspapers reporting that he will be on his way in the summer despite manager Alan Pardew being desperate to keep hold of the player. In an interview with BBC late kick off Jose spoke about his future. This is what he had to say:
“I’m just concentrating on playing for Newcastle,”
“If I have to continue here, I’m happy. If I have to go to another club, I’m happy in England. If I have to go to another league, I’m happy. I just want to play football – it’s my life and it’s best for me.”
“We haven’t spoken about contracts yet – I don’t want to say more about that. I’m very happy here. I know there are a few difficult things at Newcastle, but we the players don’t have to think about that”.
Jose later went to say how the team has a lot of fight, unlike the star-studded team that was relegated in 2009 following a pathetic and unacceptable season. He said:
“This team has fight. It’s hard for players like me, Jonas [Gutierrez], Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan – we’ve played with big names before.”
“But a lot has changed. Before, we had players like Mark Viduka, and now we have players like Williamson and Perch – players who have played in the Championship and they fight to play in the Premier League. We’re doing well, we had Michael Owen and players like that and we were relegated, but with this team we will stay in the division.”
Interesting comments from Jose, hearing him say he’s happy at the club should fill us all with confidence. But the interview as a whole doesn’t. By saying ‘if I have to continue’ makes it sound as if there’s a bit of a reluctance there. By saying he’s happy to play elsewhere in England or abroad just confirms the player is keeping his options open.
Both manager and player have openly said contract negotiations were on hold until our Premier League safety was assured. With that now looking to be the case, it seems any potential talks will wait until the end of the season. If Jose decides he doesn’t want to pen a new deal then it’s sensible to cash in on him with just a year remaining on his current contract.
Enrique has said in the past how much he loves the club and how he’d be willing to spend the rest of his career at Newcastle. Seemingly the situation has changed slightly and the player is thinking about his personal ambitions and whether they can be met at Newcastle. We all know the player wants to play for his country which is admirable and shows the ambition and drive the player has.
Now I’m not saying it’s a foregone conclusion that he will be off in the summer, but he was very casual and relaxed when questioned on the matter and I get the impression he’ll go with the flow. I think that he will stay unless a better offer comes in, but I hand on heart believe if Liverpool or United put in a bid and the player was asked what he wanted to do, I think he’d ask to go.
I genuinely feel that Enrique has great affection for our club and fans but I think he has one eye on the bigger picture and has become very aware of how talented he is. I just hope come the summer he’ll sit down with the club and listen to what they have to say. I haven’t given up hope of keeping him but I must admit I am pessimistic and not especially confident.
Some say Enrique has looked distracted in recent weeks and a bit out of sorts. He has been lacking a bit of form by his high standards but it’s nice to hear the player say he’s committed to playing for the club right now and we have to believe that.
Jose’s situation has been a talking point for a long time and I’ll just look forward to it all being resolved one way or another. He’s been brilliant in last two years particularly and I won’t be angry at any player for being ambitious and even any current player that questions the direction of the club, as fans we do it too.
The situation seems no clearer really, Enrique seemed relaxed yet coy when it came about speaking about his future with the club. It certainly hasn’t made me feel too optimistic after reading the comments in truth but we’ll just have to wait and see.
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