As we reported earlier this morning Danny Simpson is till refusing to sign the latest contract offer from Newcastle United.
Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle’s loyal captain
But Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini didn’t hesitate too much, before joining his Argentine colleague Jonas Gutierrez, in signing on for a long-term deal to stay at Newcastle until the summer of 2016.
It would have been rather easy for Colo to have left Newcastle in the summer, and some top European clubs would have been only too happy to have signed him up, after his excellent form for Newcastle over the last three seasons on Tyneside.
But Fab is pleased he stayed on Tyenside:
“People left and I suppose I could have too.” “I was thinking ‘I have a black star on my career CV’ because we were going down.”
“But I felt responsibility and wanted to turn it around. I wanted to fix the damage and repair things.” “Yes, but I wanted to stay. I was happy here.”
“Now it would be our dream to get in the Champions League.” “But we’ll soon wake up if we don’t focus on the last five games.” “We’re happy because we are near to confirmation we’ll be in the Europa League.”
“It’s all good news at Newcastle. The fans can be happy going into the final five games.” “At the start of the season we started to think about getting 45 points first.”
“The first aim was to be in the Premier League next season. But we did well throughout the season. We’ve kept our feet on the floor. That is the reason why we are fighting for a European position.”
3 points against Stoke this afternoon would almost certainly guarantee a place for Newcastle in the Europa League next season, but of course Newcastle could also make it into the Champions League, if they can keep up their good form of the last five or six games.
All those football pundits who wrote Newcastle off almost three years ago, when we were relegated, are now having to eat their words, and it would be especially good if Newcastle can make it into the European Champions League.
If we can do that we will have seen Newcastle make an amazing, and even stunning, comeback to the big time – and it’s dedicated and loyal players like Fabricio Coloccini that we have to thank for that.
Howay The Lads!!