The news today is that Fabricio Coloccini would have to pay Newcastle United £7M to buy out his contract and become a free agent, and be able to return to South America to be with his wife and two sons – who have already made the trip back to Argentina.
Coloccini and Pardew – stay until the summer Colo
We heard on Wednesday that San Lorenzo had failed in their bid to get Coloccini to the club – and the Independent then issued what they called an exclusive and said Colo had walked out on Newcastle – but that seems to have been a somewhat false report – although we suppose ti could still happen.
But the inside information was that was all a red herring – however much his father and the club went on in the press about him joining San Lorenzo – and it was really all about Colo somehow getting out of his contract at Newcastle.
Fabricio wants to return home for personal reasons, and there have been talks with the Newcastle Board and manager Alan Pardew and lawyers on both sides, and the outcome is that he can only be allowed to leave if he pays the club £7M.
And we don’t think Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias are people to be messed with if Colo does decide to walk out on the club – because that would not only be completely unprofessional but it would leave a stain on the time Coloccini has been at Newcastle – which will be five full years come the summer.
Indeed if Colo does walk then he has been told in no uncertain terms by Newcastle that they will pursue him legally for the settlement money – and that will essentially end his career in football – and as we said Ashley and Llambias are not people to be messed with.
But we did hear that Coloccini turned up for training on time and participated in the training yesterday which was a good sign, and shows some professionalism from the Argentine International.
Newcastle have done all they can to help their captain in this personal situation but they are not willing to let him go in January for nothing – and they want the captain to stay until June, and then see if something can be worked out then – or else we suppose he could be sold in the summer.
There have been lots of criticism of Newcastle during Ashley’s reign as owner – but the club does one thing very well – and that is take care of their players – and we wonder how Coloccini’s situation would have been dealt with at some other clubs – because Newcastle have been very patient with the Argentine.
With players seemingly coming into the club every day – we need this situation sorted out and Alan Pardew is currently working and talking with his captain to try to work out a suitable resolution that will keep Colo at Newcastle at least until the summer.
The club needs to complete that work quickly as we are still in danger of relegation if we cannot start putting a number of wins together.
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