Pardew holds Enrique hope
Alan Pardew is to make Jose Enrique a 'fantastic offer' and is optimistic about keeping the defender.
Last Updated: 27/05/11 1:55pm
Alan Pardew has revealed he will be making Jose Enrique a 'fantastic offer' and is optimistic about keeping the defender at Newcastle.
The highly-rated left-back has reportedly been targeted by a number of other clubs, including Liverpool and French side Lyon.
He has just one year remaining on his current contract and manager Pardew recently admitted it could be difficult to hold on to such an exciting player.
Pardew is remaining realistic over the chances of Enrique staying at St James' Park, with negotiations over a new deal set to take place next week.
However, he hopes the 25-year-old will accept Newcastle's proposal and commit his future to the club.
"We have been waiting to see his representatives, they are due here in the early part of next week," Pardew told the Evening Chronicle.
"We are going to make Jose a very, very good offer and we are hoping he is going to accept it.
"We are realistic about Jose, because the ball is in his court on that one, not in ours.
"He will be offered a fantastic contract here, he knows that, but still it is going to be down to his decision. I am still hopeful."
Pardew accepts that if Enrique does depart it could unsettle his close friends in the squad such as Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez.
"Of course, but there is nothing we can do about that," said the manager.
"All we can do is bring the best possible players in."