There have been some high level meetings recently between Mike Ashley, Alan Pardew and other members of the Board, as well as with Chief Scout Graham Carr, as Newcastle plan for this summer’s transfer window.
Fab Coloccini – of course I want to stay at Newcastle
We think the club have done a lot of work already in their scouting work and speaking with agents about various players, and it seems that Newcastle will be signing 22 year old attacking midfielder Romain Amalfitano, of Stade Reims in the next couple of weeks.
That will be Newcastle’s first signing of the season, and it’s a surprise the lad is only playing in the French second division, but we trust in Newcastle’s ability to find good players, wherever they are playing.
And as we reported yesterday, the contract negotiations with Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Simpson are not having too much success right now, and may be delayed until the summer.
But some good news today that at least Coloccini says he wants to stay at Newcastle, and that the talks are ongoing and it’s just normal business of agreeing to a new contract.
This is what Coloccini said today, when asked if he wanted to be part of what looks like a bright future for Newcastle:
“Of course I want to stay.” “We’re speaking. It’s a normal process. Everything’s OK.”
“We have to think about each game – not the Champions League or Europa League.” “We just have to give 100% in every game.”
“And then when there are four or five games left in the league, we can weigh up which competition we are going for.”
Coloccini is a cult hero on Tyneside, and he reads the game so very well, and of course he has massive experience and has played 34 times for Argentina.
The other thing is that he is very rarely out injured, and has so far played 144 times with 5 goals for Newcastle, and this is his 4th season at the Newcastle club.
His weakness is against fleet footed forwards like Shane Long of West Brom and Andrew Johnson of Fulham as two examples, and they can give the Argentine some trouble and play on his lack of speed.
But Fabricio has had a terrific season in the black and white colors of Newcastle, and he’s a fine captain of the side, and the Newcastle fans are just hoping to see him commit his future on Tyneside.
After all, things are starting to look up big time now at the club – and the future even looks bright.