Some news of Coloccini’s new contract in the Sunday Sun today.
Fab Coloccini - bumper contract to stay on Tyneside
The Argentine defender was Newcastle’s highest earner at the club before his new deal, and he remains that way.
And the Sunday Sun is reporting he’s on around £70K a year with his new deal, and that’s a slight improvement on what he was getting previously.
If this is true, it shows that owner Mike Ashley is willing to pay out the big bucks to players who deserve those types of wages, and Fab Coloccini has been an excellent servant to Newcastle United, and that he will continue to be in the future.
Hopefully the Argentine can lead Newcastle back into Europe, which is his stated ambition.
The negotiations had been for a five and a half year deal initially, but both sides seem to have settled on four and a half years, at which time Coloccini will be 34 years-old, but there is also apparently an optional fifth year in the deal.
Coloccini had this to say in the Sunday Sun this morning:
“It was very important to commit my future,” “I have a long time to look forward to now. Maybe we can bring something good for the fans – I hope in the next four or five years I can bring home something for them.”
“I’m not surprised we have developed into a top team because I had confidence in the team.” “Maybe I thought we would have had to wait two years, but we’re challenging now.”
“We have to keep challenging and keep working hard. All the players want to do the best for the club. We are doing really well, I want to keep going now.”
“The derby is very important. Every derby is important,” “I hope we can win the game and have a happy Sunday with happy fans.”
And we know Alan Pardew was a delighted man yesterday morning at 9:30 am at the Benton Training ground, when he called the news conference to report that Fab and 23 year-old goalkeeper Tim Krul had signed long term deals to keep them on Tyneside.
Alan praised the leadership of the Argentine:
“He’s not just a great player, he’s a great person to lead this football club,”
“Players look up to him, him securing his future is very, very important. They’re very important players.”
This was excellent news for Newcastle fans yesterday - now we must win the game against Sunderland this afternoon to top it all off.
My bottle of Chardonnay is cooling in the fridge!
Howay The Lads!!