Jose Enrique: Who Would Not Want To Play For Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid may find that luring Jose Enrique away from Newcastle will not be that difficult...
Jose Enrique has revealed that he would jump at the chance to join Atletico Madrid from Newcastle United, but would also welcome the chance to stay in the Premier League.

The 23-year-old defender has three more years left on his contract at St. James' Park although after the club's relegation from the top flight he has been linked with several other teams.

Atletico Madrid are considering making a move for Enrique to replace Mariano Pernia, who is expected to leave the Vicente Calderon in the summer.

"They 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," Marca quote him as saying.

"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 seen Atletico play 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 now adapted to the league and the country.

"If I am honest I do not have a preference about which country, I am open to anything," he continued.

"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."

Reflecting on a troubled season at Newcastle, Enrique admits that the performances and relegation have shaken him and left him with plenty to think about.

"Mentally I am exhausted. I could see for a long time that we could go down as many things at Newcastle have gone wrong," he added.

"From the start we have not done things well and we have had such a bad season. On a personal level it is obvious that relegation is something very negative."

Lucas Brown, Goal.com