Having already indicated he would like to spend the rest of his career in the black and white stripes of Newcastle United, Enrique could become one of the all-time great foreign imports to St James's Park.
He told The Journal: "I will always be grateful to Sam Allardyce because he brought me to Newcastle. He saw something he liked.
"He saw the potential in me and he was willing to take a chance on me and bring me to the Premier League. Without him, I would not be at Newcastle and I would not be loving it as much as I do.
"It was hard for me when I first came because I wasn't playing, didn't speak the language very well and I wasn't ready to play in English football. It was frustrating, but I understood.
"When he left it was a little sad, but that is football. I'm just very grateful he signed me for Newcastle United - because this has been a fantastic move for me."