Liverpool signed Newcastle defender Jose Enrique, the 18-time English soccer champion said today on its website.
Enrique, 25, had one year remaining on his contract with Newcastle. He agreed to personal terms and passed a medical examination to become Liverpool’s fifth signing of the off- season.
“This is one of the happiest days of my life. I have come to one of the biggest clubs not just in England, but in the world. I am really, really happy,” he said in comments published on the team’s website. “They have won a lot of things including the Champions League. They have amazing players and I hope to win things here.”
Neither club disclosed the transfer fee. Media reports in the U.K. said Liverpool had paid around 6 million pounds ($9.8 million). That figure would take the Reds’ expenditure during the summer transfer period to about 50 million pounds.
“I am excited by the new signings - it shows Liverpool’s ambition,” Enrique said. “You can see they have big ambitions and that’s why I came here - because I want to win things and I think I can do that here.”
Liverpool opens the Premier League season tomorrow at home against Sunderland.
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