By Danny Wright

6th Sep, 2017 | 12:29pm

Jose Enrique delivers heartfelt message to Newcastle fans after announcing retirement

By Danny Wright

Jose Enrique has thanked the Newcastle United supporters after announcing his retirement from football on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old has been without a club since the end of last season following his release from Real Zaragaoza after just one year with the Segunda Division club.

Enrique spent four years of his career at St. James’ Park and become a favourite of the Toon Army for his marauding displays at left-back in both the Premier League and Championship.

His good form for the Magpies saw him switch to Liverpool in 2011, but he barely played on Merseyside due to a series of unfortunate injuries.

Now, Enrique has taken to his personal Instagram account to thank all the fans who supported him at his various clubs throughout his career in a heartfelt show of emotion and gratitude.

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“I just want to say a huge thanks to all of the fans and clubs who have supported me throughout my career. You have been the best,” he said.

“I have been blessed to play for some of the best teams in the world, with some of the best players in the world.

“These memories will stay with me forever.”

Enrique made 129 appearances across all competitions for Newcastle, scoring one goal in the process and being a part of the team that lifted the Championship title in 2009/10.

After signing for Liverpool he played 99 times and scored a further two goals in five seasons.

As well as Newcastle and Liverpool; Enrique’s career also saw him play for Levante, Valencia, Villarreal, Celta Vigo and the Spain Under-21 international side.

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