Enrique delays talks
Alan Pardew says Jose Enrique will not enter into contract talks until Newcastle's Premier League future is confirmed.
By Graeme Bailey - Follow me on Twitter @graemebailey
Last Updated: 14/02/11 12:47pm
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has declared that Jose Enrique will not enter into contract talks until their Premier League future is confirmed.
The 25-year-old has been in superb form for Newcastle this season, and is now regarded as one of the best left-backs in the league.
His current contract is due to expire in 18 months, but he will not be entering talks over a new deal whilst Newcastle's Premier League is not secured.
"Jose's situation is simple," said Pardew.
"He's made it clear that he won't talk to us until we're safe.
"What are we now, 32 points? Well we're not safe are we? So that makes the situation clear, and to be honest, it makes a lot of sense for both him and us."
Pardew is full of praise for the former Villarreal ace, saying: "He is an outstanding player and we know that.
"He is an important player for this team because a lot of our play goes through him.
"He is involved in a lot of the good stuff that we do."