Jose Enrique says ‘it comes with a very heavy heart’ as he announces his retirement from professional football.

He managed 27 second tier appearances for Real Zaragoza last season but ongoing knee problems have forced him to pack it in at the age of only 31.

After leaving Newcastle for Liverpool in a £6m move in summer 2011, Jose Enrique made 58 Premier League starts over the course of his first two seasons but only eight in the following three years.

In the relegation season (2015/16), Enrique was on the verge of a return to Newcastle as United were struggling  for defenders, Liverpool were prepared to release him but NUFC wouldn’t pay the wages asked for.

Easily Fat Sam’s best signing (not great competition!), Jose Enrique (like a few others) really found his feet in the Championship season of 2009/10 and excelled when playing 36 Premier League matches in 2010/11.

A decent defender and excellent on the ball, he and Jonas Gutierrez had an unorthodox but excellent partnership, which usually saw Jose Enrique providing most of the threat going forward and Jonas filling in behind him defensively when required.

When leaving for Liverpool, Enrique upset many fans when saying it was because of the lack of ambition at the club, with Mike Ashley to blame because he wasn’t willing to keep the club’s best players and build the club/team up.

Ironic that we are at a point now where many Newcastle fans are very passionate in saying they wouldn’t blame Rafa Benitez for walking away because of that lack of backing/ambition from Ashley.

At the end of the day though, no fan wants to see one of their best players walk away and saying how rubbish their club is, even if they know in reality the owner has made a joke of Newcastle United.

Jose Enrique:

“It comes with a very heavy heart today to announce my retirement from professional football.

“It’s been a very hard decision to take and accept.

“I would of loved to have played more years at my best level if my body would of let me but all good things have to come to an end and more in football.

“I just want to say a huge thanks to all of the fans and clubs who have supported me throughout my career.

“You have been the best!

“I have been blessed to play for some of the best teams in the world, with some of the best players in the world. these memories will stay with me forever.

“Thank you.”

  • Steve Pearce

    Listen Hose – I don’t mind what you do in your retirement, but having shall we say very intimate relationships with marine mammals is something best kept to yourself!

    • Peaky Magpie

      😂😂 Nearly choked on my sarnie then !

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He left for the right reason & quite a few followed for the clubs total lack of ambition

  • Geordiegiants

    A fairly decent player for us, you can’t blame any player for wanting to move whilst Jabba is here.

  • Kev-82

    Best left back in the 25 years I’ve been supporting the toon.

  • MadToonFan&VitalPiaManDroveOut

    Brilliant player and as stated had ambition at a club that valued him only as a saleable asset!
    Sad to read of his woes, for someone that lives in constant chronic pain, I hear and see where’s he’s coming from, of no choice of my own, I had to retire at a similar age, just wish I had the cash to make use of the available time, as boredom itself is also a killer, saying that, pain prevents having a decent life, so I say good luck to him for a brave decision.