Ever since Jonas Gutierrez signed the two year extension to his contract last week, Newcastle fans have been wondering if the captain, Fabricio Coloccini and fellow Argentine, would also be staying on Tyneside, long term.
Fabricio Coloccini - would love to stay on Tyneside
The 29 year-old’s contract runs out in the summer of 2013, and we would hope that it can indeed be extended to keep Coloccini on Tyneside.
And only last week manager Alan Pardew said he wanted his captain to get an extension, and that talks with the Newcastle hierarchy - Derek LLambias - would start very soon.
Of course it’s an open question whether an agreement can be reached, since one complicating factor is that Coloccini is on the biggest wages of any player on Tyneside, at anywhere between £75K/week and £90K/week, depending on which reports you believe.
And only this year no agreement could be reached with the then captain Kevin Nolan and with Joey Barton, both of whom finally left the club for pastures anew.
Coloccini would like to commit his future to Newcastle, but of course the deal must be right for both parties, and we wonder just how much Newcastle will be willing to offer Fabricio, a huge fan favorite, to stay at Newcastle.
Fab admitted he is very happy on Tyneside:
“I’m very happy here, so we’ll see what happens.” “It was important for Jonas to get his new deal too. Then he scored against Wolves, so it was a good week for him.”
And while Fabricio may be a quiet fellow, he’s done surprisingly well as the new Newcastle captain, and he leads by example, both on and off the field, and there’s no better professional than the 29 year-old 34 times capped Argentine on the Newcastle books at the moment.
And Coloccini has presided as captain in the best start to a Premier League season Newcastle have made since 1995, but he’s not getting carried away with things, and he’s waiting for some tough games and some bad times to come along, to see how the squad reacts to adversity:
“We’re happy because we’re working well and things are coming right for us,”
“The team spirit is different to last season. When you start well everything is good, everyone is happy. It’s different. We’ll find out more when we have some bad times.”
“But now the spirit is fantastic. We have some good people in the changing room and I think that’s the key for us to keep winning and playing well.”
And with seven new players coming into the squad in the summer, he’s helped to ensure the lads have settled down quickly, and we must say that seems to have been the case with all the new players bedding in quickly and taking on the mantle of a team ethic at the Newcastle club, under manager Alan Pardew:
“It’s not just been my job as captain to make sure the new players have settled in, it’s been something everyone’s had to do. “
“When a new player comes we have to make them feel comfortable in Newcastle,” “I know how difficult it was for me when I came here.”
We would just love Coloccini to get an extended contract to stay on Tyneside, but we also know that Newcastle can be quite firm and even stubborn in their contract negotiations,
We just have to hope that the first offer they make to Fabricio is a good one, and that he will accept it – but you never know at Newcastle these days.