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Pardew not given up on Enrique signing new Newcastle deal

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is remaining optimistic that Spanish full-back Jose Enrique will remain on Tyneside. The 25-year-old has yet to open new contract talks with reports that Liverpool are waiting in the wings to pounce this summer.

Arsenal were the latest club to be linked with the defender over the weekend, but Pardew is desperate to retain Enrique's services.

He told BBC Radio Newcastle: "I'm still hopeful that Enrique - who was a big, big, big, big player for us last year - stays at the football club and we can entice him to stay, and obviously we are still working on that.

"Jose's holidaying and doesn't have too much on at the moment, so we are not confident we can keep him, but we are not scared of losing him. It's somewhere in between, really.

"When you have only got a year left on a player of his ability, of course you are vulnerable, and I think it's nervous times for us on him."

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