Newcastle signing Jose Enrique: Sam convinced me

Jose Enrique admits he agreed to join Newcastle United on the strength of his meeting with manager Sam Allardyce.

The former Villarreal and Valencia winger said: "I believe very much in the manager at Newcastle United and I believe they are going to be one of the top teams."

The Spanish club announced they had reached an agreement with the Magpies for the transfer of the Spain Under-21 international.

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Enrique told his new club's official website, that Allardyce helped make his mind up.

He explained: "I met Sam for dinner and I was very happy to listen to his plans for Newcastle United.

"He treated me very well and he understands me. He knows I have to get used to a lot of new things, like changes in culture and language, but he says he is going to help me adapt to that.

"He says it will make me stronger and he will have patience with me. I am really happy to hear that.

"I know Newcastle already have players with a lot of character and players who are used to winning many things and playing in Europe like Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Alan Smith and Obafemi Martins.

"It will also help me to have people like Nolberto Solano and Albert Luque to speak to. Albert says he is going to take care of me at Newcastle."

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