Enrique admits Atletico appeal
Newcastle defender Jose Enrique has revealed he would jump at the chance to join Atletico Madrid.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 05/06/09 4:28pm
Newcastle defender Jose Enrique has revealed he would jump at the chance to join Atletico Madrid, but he would also be happy to sign for a Premier League club.
The 23-year-old full-back has three years remaining on his contract at St James' Park, but he has been linked with several clubs following the Magpies' relegation.
Atletico are understood to be considering a move for Enrique as a replacement for Mariano Pernia, who is expected to leave the Vicente Calderon this summer.
And former Valencia and Villarreal player Enrique confesses a return to Spain and the possibility of UEFA Champions League football would appeal.
"They (Atletico) are one of the major teams in the Spanish league. Who would not want to play for a club like that? I think that any player would want to pull on their shirt," he said in Marca.
"Atletico are a big club with a big budget and great fans. They also have a great squad and have finished in the Champions League positions for next season.
"I do still have three years left on my contract with Newcastle, but I am pleased and flattered to be linked with them.
"I have watched them quite a few times this season and always follow the Spanish league. They have had a good season with (Diego) Forlan, who I knew at Villarreal."
Enrique has also attracted interest from clubs in England and he would be more than willing to stay because he has adapted to the country.
"If I am honest, I do not have a preference about which country, I am open to anything," he added.
"In Spain people live well and eat well, but I have enjoyed my adventure in England. The Premier League is the best in the world and I would study anything that came up."