Great news today that captain Fabricio Coloccini and goalkeeper Tim Krul committed their long-term futures to Newcastle United.
Fab Coloccini and Tim Krul with manager Pardew today in his office
Center-back Coloccini has signed a four and a half year deal that keeps him at Newcastle until June 30, 2016, and top young goalkeeper Tim Krul will be on Tyneside until the summer of 2017, after quickly agreeing to a five and a half year deal.
An obviously delighted Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had this to say:
“These are two fantastic deals for the club, and we are all absolutely delighted.” “To secure new contracts for Fabricio and Tim, two pivotal players at the club, is terrific news for all concerned, not just ahead of the derby but for the long-term future of the club.
“It underlines the importance that we as a club place on building and retaining top-class talent, and it demonstrates the intent of Newcastle United to be major players in the Premier League.”
“I would also like to place on record my thanks to Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias for their hard work and continued financial backing in ensuring these deals were completed.”
“We now turn our attentions to tomorrow’s big game, boosted by this news – which I hope gives our incredible fans a huge lift too – and with the confidence to really make this a season to remember.”
This is huge for Alan Pardew because he seemed genuinely concerned that he may lose some of his players, but he has these top two defenders signed up, and all credit to Newcastle for getting the job done.
Coloccini, 30, joined Newcastle in August 2008 from Deportivo La Coruna, and we had heard he was offered a five and half year deal, but there was haggling because in the final year he took a pay cut.
But it seems they have agreed on a deal without that final year – so that sounds good to us.
Tim Krul – signs on through the summer of 2017
Krul arrived on Tyneside from Dutch side ADO Den Haag in July 2005, aged 17, when Graeme Souness was the manager, and he has broken through to the first team this season, and has been in magnificent form for the Magpies.
And Tim has said today that on the Newcastle web-site that he just loves Newcastle United and is delighted to sign the new contract.
This is good news indeed.
For the record Coloccini has played 144 times for Newcastle with 5 goals, and Tim has 64 first team appearances so far and of course the Dutch lad made his debut for Holland last summer.
The two players who are currently still in contract negotiations with the club are Danny Guthrie and Danny Simpson.