The Spaniard is now regarded by many as the signing of the season.
"After my first season I wanted to go back home,” defender Enrique told the Daily Express. “The truth – and no one knows this – is that Newcastle wanted to sell me as well. I had talks with Real Betis.
“But my brother Salva, who is also my agent, sat me down and said, ‘Jose, you have the qualities to play in England. This is the best league in the world’. My girlfriend Eva also told me it was better to stay.
“I am lucky with her. Some players don’t want to come to England because of the weather and things like that. But she said, ‘We have to stay here and you have to try’.
“When I understood this, I started to play well. It was good advice.”