Enrique talks must wait - Pardew

14 February 2011 02:58
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has revealed the club must secure Premier League safety before discussing a new deal with defender Jose Enrique.The former Spain under-21 international has impressed in his 25 appearances for the Magpies this season and is out of contract in the summer. [LNB]"Jose wants to speak to us when we're safe, and we're not safe yet," Pardew told BBC Newcastle. [LNB]"So the sooner we get safe, the sooner we can talk to him." [LNB]Enrique, who joined the club from Villareal for £6.3m in August 2007, was a key part of the club's Championship winning side last term and has established himself as a regular in the Newcastle first-team. [LNB][LNB] [LNB][LNB] The latest impressive display from the Valencia-born full-back came in Saturday's goalless draw at Blackburn, a result which ensured Newcastle stayed in the top half of the Premier League. [LNB]"His performance was outstanding, some of the things he was doing and his energy levels, to keep bombing forward like he does," Pardew continued. [LNB]"He is fortunate that we give him licence to do what he does, but you've still got to have the quality to produce."

Source: BBC_Sport