Although being offered what is considered a lucrative contract by Newcastle standards, rumoured to be in the region of £50,000 a week, Enrique obviously still feels frustrated with the clubs drive towards a top-six finish after the sales of Andy Carroll (Liverpool) and Kevin Nolan (West Ham).
His remarks are as follows: “The club is allowing all the major players of the team to go. Do you think it is the fault of the players? Andy (Carroll), Nobby (Kevin Nolan).
“This club will never fight to be among the top six again with this policy. You fans are the best and you deserve the best, not what they are doing with the club.”
After reportedly rejecting the new contract with only a year left to run on his curent contract, it seems Enrique is destined for the exit door after posting these remarks as well as Pardew also revealing he is not focussed at Newcastle a few weeks ago. Liverpool and Arsenal are considered the most likely destination points.
It is reported that Newcastle value Enrique at £10m, and would gladly sell him if the asking price is met. With Gibbs and Traore fighting for a first team place at left-back at Arsenal due to the departure of Clichy, I would have to say that we would probably need more experience, quality and depth in that postion. Put simply, Traore is not good enough to fill the role and Gibbs is likely to get injured as he so often does.
With Arsenal’s ability to also offer Champions League football I would expect us to have an edge over Liverpool (who were recently beaten 3-0 by Hull) in signing the Spanish defender. But whether Enrique is the ‘right quality’ and the ‘right price’ remains to be seen.