Newcastle defender Jose Enrique has dropped the biggest hint yet that he is ready to move on from St James Park, after revealing he is flattered by the level of interest in him.
Some outstanding performances this season have seen Liverpool, Aston Villa and Manchester United monitoring the player, who’s contract expires next year.
Enrique is refusing to talk to Newcastle about a new contract until he is sure they will be a Premier League club next year, but could be using that as a stalling tactic as he could put himself on the market in the summer with just a year left on his deal.
Speaking to the Sun Enrique said, “It is flattering that Liverpool are interested, I’ve also heard that Manchester United and Aston Villa have asked about me.
“They are both big teams and I’m not closing the door on anyone. I’m ambitious and want to play in the Champions League. I want to win things. I’m OK at Newcastle but I aspire to more.
“I love the fans here and suffered with them when we were relegated. But we have to be realistic. Newcastle aren’t performing well.”
25 year old Enrique also wants the club to spend some of the money they received for £35million man Andy Carroll, who moved to Liverpool in January.
“The club has promised that all the Carroll money will go towards new players. I hope that is so,” he continued.
“But I have been promised things before that have not materialised.”
Enrique was concerned the club had left themselves with too smaller squad to compete in the league, although Tuesday nights 2-0 win away at Birmingham lifted them back into the top half of the table.
“Andy Carroll was a great striker for Newcastle. He was a key player,” he said.
“But he is not the only player who has left and now we are short-staffed.
“There are a lot of colleagues who only made their Premier League debuts this year and we have no replacement players for some positions. If we suffer injuries to major players we’ll have problems.”