The Daily Mirror is reporting that the Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini is close to signing a new deal at Newcastle.
Fabricio Coloccini – close to signing a new deal on Tyneside
Negotiations started last week after his Argentine pal Jonas Gutierrez signed on to stay on Tyneside for another four years.
And since Coloccini arrived at Newcastle three years ago, a lot has happened both on the upside and the downside, as far as his football career goes.
Fab had a difficult time adapting to English football when he first arrived in August of 2008, and Newcastle were surprisingly relegated for the first time ever from the Premier League.
But for the last two seasons and this season so far, Coloccini has been simply in terrific form for the Newcastle side, and took over the captaincy in July.
Coloccini is now a cult hero on Tyenside, and there are various songs sung about him from the terraces by Newcastle’s fanatical fans.
This is what Coloccini had to say on Friday before the Wigan game about those songs and his hair:
“That is all good fun and makes me laugh,””I will never cut off my hair.” “I had it short for a brief period in 2000, when I was with AC Milan. But I’m not going back to that, it was a one-off, a story that I hope won’t be repeated at Newcastle!”
“When I was there, the older players would often say to me, ‘Come on! Cut your hair, cut your hair!’” “At one stage, Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Costacurta cut it for me – straight off with scissors.”
“I don’t think any of my current team-mates would do the same to me now! I will remind them I am captain!” “A lot of South American players go for the long-hair look. It’s just the fashion in Buenos Aires.”
“I know that in the past a lot of people in England had a haircut like mine! The Beatles, as well.” “When I came in the first year, times were tough, now it’s one of the best given the start we’ve had,”
“When I came here, I didn’t know what English football was like.” “Every player who comes to England maybe needs six months to a year to get to know the league. The first year, I had a few problems because Spanish football is so different.”
“When we went down – a terrible experience – there were some offers to leave, but I wanted to help rebuild and the Championship was a good experience for me. I played, got confidence.”
“There have been a lot of changes in the team. The character is different.” “Last year maybe when we conceded the first goal it was difficult to respond. Now, if that happens we keep trying, keep that winning mentality, one which might have been missing last year.”
“I think this season is like building a house. First you have to put the foundations in place.” “We have to first get to 43-44 points, and when we’ve done this, we can start thinking about other things. Hopefully with the good start the foundations are in place this season.”
Coloccini has settled well on Tyenside with his wife and two kids, and he hopes to pen a new deal within a week or two.
Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager made a great choice of Fabricio as the new Newcastle captain, to replace the departed Kevin Nolan in July, who couldn’t agree on a new contract to stay on Tyneside, and the Argentine has made a good job of leading the Newcastle side this season.
And not surprisingly Alan pardew is a great admirer of Coloccini as a footballer:
“He’s a Rolls-Royce player – and a Rolls-Royce person too,” “He’s a really nice fella.”
“I’d seen him play internationally a few times and a few times for Newcastle before I came here, but you never appreciate what sort of player they are until you have spent three weeks with them on the training ground.
“I was pleasantly surprised at what a hard-working, disciplined footballer he was.” “This year he has been outstanding. I would definitely say he has been our best player up until this period.
“He’s probably unfortunate he isn’t getting selected for the national team.”
Alan also had high hopes on Friday that Colo would sign a new contract and stay at the famous Newcastle United club, and the only worry he had was if a bigger club became interested in the player.
This is what Alan said about Coloccini and his new contract yesterday:
“I have got to be honest, I think we are okay, that’s about the only sign I can give you,”
“You have got two parties here, you have got a club offering a contract to Colo, but really it’s about Colo. If he agrees to the contract, then all’s well and good.”
“It’s difficult because his agent is Argentina-based and doesn’t have particularly great English either, so we are waiting for him to come back across, and we think we can get the deal done.”
“If he takes the shine of Manchester United or Manchester City, then we will have a problem.” “But the more success we have, the more chances we have got of the player actually saying ‘I’ll stay’.”
“The financial position we are starting to get ourselves into gives us a chance to maybe compete a little bit stronger for those players who are threatened.”
“That’s why this season is very, very important.” “At football clubs, when you get the feeling we have at the moment, if we can keep that, then we are going to have a successful year, I don’t doubt it.”
But it seems to us that Colo is more than eager to sign a new deal and stay on Tyneside, and if he does that, it will be great news for Newcastle fans, and great news for Alan Pardew too.
And it will be another sign of more stability at Newcastle with most of heir top players signed on long term deals.