Newcastle United's Jose Enrique relaxed on future

Newcastle United defender Jose Enrique has said he is happy playing at St James' Park, but has not entered into talks on a new contract yet.

The 25-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season and has been the subject of reported interest from Premier League and European clubs.

"I'm just concentrating on playing for Newcastle," he told BBC Late Kick Off.

"If I have to continue here [at Newcastle], I'm happy. If I have to go to another club, I'm happy in England."

Enrique added: "If I have to go to another league, I'm happy.

"I just want to play football - it's my life and it's best for me."

And he insisted: "We haven't spoken about contracts yet - I don't want to say more about that.

"I'm very happy here. I know there are a few difficult things at Newcastle, but we the players don't have to think about that.

United boss Alan Pardew has already expressed his desire to retain Enrique, a £6.3m signing from Villareal in August 2007.

Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for the defender, with speculation rife after comments made by former Reds defender Phil Thompsonexternal-link last month.

The former Spain Under-21 full-back was one of the stars of Newcastle's promotion to the Premier League last season, and has continued that form in the top flight.

Enrique was one of the players who, like Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Fabricio Coloccini, opted to remain with the club despite relegation, while Obafemi Martins, Damien Duff and Michael Owen were among the players to move on.

Players drawn largely from the Championship such as Mike Williamson, James Perch and Leon Best have slotted into the side since then, sealing safety for the Magpies this term.

"This team has fight," said Enrique. "It's hard for players like me, Jonas [Gutierrez], Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan - we've played with big names before.

"But a lot has changed. Before, we had players like Mark Viduka, and now we have players like Williamson and Perch - players who have played in the Championship and they fight to play in the Premier League.

"We're doing well, we had Michael Owen and players like that and we were relegated, but with this team we will stay in the division."

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