It’s non-stop at NUFC at the moment, and the focus seems to be heavily targeted on player contracts.
However this isn’t yet another piece about Joey Barton and a lack of a deal for the midfielder. Instead there is news in The Chronicle today that suggests that Jose Enrique’s advisors are due in Newcastle next week when they will be presented with a “very, very good offer” for their client.
At least it’s progress, and it’s certainly a step up from not being able to get Jose and his advisors to the negotiating table as was suggested last week. Here is what Alan Pardew had to say on the matter:
“We have been waiting to see his representatives, they are due here in the early part of next week. We are going to make Jose a very, very good offer and we are hoping he is going to accept it,” is what Pardew said to The Chronicle.
It doesn’t mean to say that Jose will accept of course, which Pardew is acutely aware of. He continued:
“We are realistic about Jose, because the ball is in his court on that one, not in ours. He will be offered a fantastic contract here, he knows that, but still it is going to be down to his decision. I am still hopeful.”
Hopefully Jose will sign on again, although I’m erring on the side of caution and still believe he’ll be away. Call it pessimism if you like, but I’d be surprised if he signed a new deal, pleasantly surprised.
Pardew has called it spot on in my opinion. All that can be done is for the club to offer the best possible deal that they can, but ultimately the ball is in Jose’s court which is what you get when you let your better players contract run down into the last year! 😡
So whilst nothing is agreed as yet there are at least signs of movement and at least Jose is willing to listen to what the club have to say. Hopefully they can say the right words to Jose and capture his imagination by convincing him that he can realise his international dreams here at Newcastle.
My fingers are well and truly crossed on this one!
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