News today that Fabricio Coloccini is in no particular rush to sign a new deal at Newcastle.
Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle captain and center-back
Colo’s current five year contract runs out in June of 2013, so there’s no particular hurry to pen a new deal, although the same was true of Argentine compatriot Jonas Gutierrez, who only recently singed a contract extension to keep him at the club another four years.
The Evening Chronicle has said that Colo may even wait until the end of this season to sign a new contract, although it is understood he is very happy at Newcastle.
The club have made their best start to the league in many a season, and stand third top of the Premier League with 25 points form 11 games, and with three big matches coming up on successive Saturdays.
Coloccini funds an orphanage back in Argentina for 160 children, and of course it’s important to him that he can keep this running, if he does commit to extend his deal at the Tyneside club.
But the news is not an alarming development with Coloccini said to be very happy about most things on Tyneside, and his case is different from that of Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan, who could not reach agreements earlier this year on contract extensions, and eventually left the club.
A source who is said to be close to the Argentine said this to the local press today:
“Fabricio is happy at Newcastle.” “The next contract is going to be an important one for him and his family.”
“But he is happy to just stay firmly focused on playing football at the moment.” “It’s all work in progress.”
Coloccini signed for Newcastle from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna for around £10M in August of 2008, when Kevin Keegan was captain but Dennis Wise brought the player in and Kevin wasn’t involved much at all in the transfer.
And after a tough first season, which saw Newcastle relegated for the first time from the Premier League, Colo has played just great for the Magpies, and this year has been Newcastle’s best player.
The Argentine, along with his compatriot Jonas Gutierrez, have shown an extraordinary loyalty to Newcastle United, and they are firm favorites with the Newcastle crowd, and both have been in top form for the side this season.
Of course Colo is now the Newcastle captain, and he is making a good job of that too, as he epitomizes the new type of players Newcastle have in their ranks, who are top class professionals, on the quiet side, and very good on the field of play.
This does not appear to be worrisome news for Newcastle fans, but we’d also be much happier if Colo signs a new deal, and does it as quickly as he can.
For the record Fabricio Coloccini turns 30 in January and has played 129 times for the club in his almost 40 months on Tyneside, with five goals, and also has a good fitness record and has so far missed very few games through injury.
What do you think about this?