Transfer news

Enrique keen on Champions League

June 16, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has confirmed defender Jose Enrique is hoping to join a Champions League side this summer.

Jose Enrique
GettyImagesJose Enrique joined Newcastle from Villarreal in 2007

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Pardew recently admitted that Enrique, who has been a key player for Newcastle in recent times, was stalling over a new contract as he enters the final year of his current deal.

Enrique, 25, has stated that he is happy at St James' Park but Pardew appears pessimistic about his chances of retaining the player.

"He has Champions League aspirations and he is waiting to see whether anyone who has qualified for that competition is willing to come in for him," Pardew said. "That is his right and there isn't much more we can do about it.

"We have tried as hard as we can, in the financial situation we are in, to keep him. We offered him an excellent deal, but he doesn't seem to be interested in signing it at the moment. It is frustrating - but that is the situation we are in.

"It is up to him, but he wants to see what else there is for him."

Bayern Munich and Liverpool are said to be interested.

Meanwhile, Pardew has moved to assure fans that they can expect more new faces to arrive at the club after the sale of Kevin Nolan to West Ham.

"We are looking to complete on a number of deals over the next month or so, and I am sure with the quality of signings I anticipate coming into the club, we should look forward to exciting times in the upcoming season as we look to establish the club as a genuine force in the top half of the Premier League," he said in a statement released to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.