Its seems that Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez may both be in danger of leaving Newcastle this summer, and both have two years left on their lucrative five year deals on Tyneside.
Fabricio Coloccini – vulnerable at Newcastle?
Since Sylvain Marveaux has been brought in last Saturday, Newcastle have announced that Jonas is available for transfer, and news today that at least two Spanish clubs – Atletico Madrid and Seville – are interested in the Argentine International.
But Fabricio Coloccini will tell Newcastle manager Alan Pardew on July 4th, that he wants to stay at the club, and be a part of the new team that Alan is busy creating this summer.
It turns out that Jonas also wants to stay on Tyneside, but he may find that difficult once Newcastle receive a bid that matches their valuation of the Argentine – which we think will be around £6M.
Both players are on very high wages so they will look attractive players to sell this summer – if you are Mike Ashley that is.
But it’s also up to our manager, Alan Pardew, to ensure we don’t lose the kernel of the side that showed such great team spirit over the last two seasons, and that has to be a worry for Newcastle fans right now.
Pardew has not shown he has much sway at all with Mike Ashley and/or Derek LLambias, and that is not a particularly good sign.
The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Coloccini has told close friends that he is “99% certain” to stay at Newcastle, but we wonder how certain Kevin Nolan was of that too – a short four weeks ago?
Coloccini wages are reported to be a massive £90K/week and he is the top earner at Newcastle, and it’s hard to see any club coming in for him and offering him such a wage – in fact there’s no chance of that at all.
Coloccini had a good season in the league for Newcastle, and he will also be a candidate to become Newcastle’s captain next seaosn, and we think he’ll be a good captain if he gets the nod from Alan.
In our poll on next season’s captain, Fab is in second place on 31% of the vote with Steven Taylor leading the filed with 36% with over 2200 votes cast – the poll is still open if you haven’t yet voted.
This is what the Argentine said before leaving for his summer hols in May:
“Now it is about the future at Newcastle and working towards next season.” “Our first aim was to be safe last season and we achieved it.”
“Next season we will look to move up the table again.” “We work well together as a team and I think that showed when it mattered last season.”
“Hopefully we can get better results at home, win more matches than last year and climb up the table.”
“I am happy at Newcastle, and when I hear the fans singing my name it gives me a special feeling.”
We like Coloccini a lot, and of course we are talking about players who were willing to stay at Newcastle following relegation, and who have taken the club back to the middle of the Premier League in a short two years – so players like Coloccini, Jonas, Barton, Jose Enrique and Kevin Nolan have been great for Newcastle – we should never forget that.
But life is fleeting as we know, and things can change so very quickly – but we still hope we can keep the two Argentines and Joey Barton on Tyneside – but we think the actual chances of doing that are very small indeed.
What do you think?