Enrique rebuffs Reds link
Newcastle full-back not in negotiations over Anfield move
By Francisco Acedo & Jamie Casey. Last Updated: 15/05/11 1:47pm
Newcastle full-back Jose Enrique has denied claims he has been negotiating over a potential move to Liverpool.
The uncapped Spaniard, a 2007 signing from Villarreal, is reportedly stalling on an extension offer to his contract, which expires in the summer of 2012.
Liverpool are believed to be keen on his services with the Reds in the market for more width to provide service for towering centre-forward Andy Carroll.
Carroll and Enrique combined to good effect when together at the Magpies, but the left-back has denied holding talks over a prospective move to Anfield.
"Liverpool is a big club but I am not negotiating with them at the moment."
Jose Enrique Quotes of the week
"Liverpool is a big club but I am not negotiating with them at the moment, I am calm at Newcastle," he told Radio Marca.
"My dream is to play for the Spain national side and I think that I have a chance.
"I have improved as a footballer since my arrival to England. The Premier League is more competitive than La Liga and I have not received offers to return to Spain.
"The referees in England are not so strict on the field because they permit more action."
Having received a £35million cash injection from the sale of Carroll to Liverpool in January, Enrique believes the Magpies must reinvest the money into the squad.
He added: "Newcastle now needs to buy many players if the club want to be among the best in the Premier League."