Since failing to get his release from Newcastle last month Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini has put in two stellar performances for the side, and helped lead Newcastle to wins over Aston Villa and Chelsea last Saturday, and while Colo still has personal problems to do with his family, who are now back in Argentina, it just shows what a great professional the Argentine International is.
Coloccini as pleased as anybody at Sissoko’s winner against Chelsea
And Fabricio has been interviewed today and admits he came very close to walking out on the club, which would have been a disaster for Newcastle ate such a critical period, when the club was just two points above the drop zone – we are now 6 points above the drop zone following the two successive wins.
It’s quite a long interview he has given with Fox Sports while he is with the Argentine squad in Sweden, and this is some of what he had to say:
“I thought about walking out, but I changed my mind.” “It wasn’t about the money.” “There were personal reasons but the club and manager have been great.” “I’ve been away from home for 13 years and I miss it.”
“Now is about Newcastle United staying up – and we will.” “I love Newcastle United as a whole. I captain a huge club and I’m fully focused on helping to stay up.” The truth is that I am not thinking about my situation or what may happen in May or June.”
“I want to focus squarely on Newcastle. I think I owe them for the way they have treated me in the last five years, and I want to give my best on the pitch. And then, well, we’ll see later. The idea of returning to Argentina remains because I need to do that.”
It seems that Coloccini is missing home after thirteen years away – but it’s not clear what will happen in the summer transfer market, and whether a club there can come up with the £7M transfer fee Newcastle want for their 31 year-old captain.
But we don’t want this thing to be undecided until the end of August, because if Colo is to go then Newcastle will need to bring in another top class center-back – so we are not left with only three center back, which have caused Newcastle a lot of trouble over the last two seasons, because of long term injuries to Steven Taylor.
We hope Colo can commit to Newcastle to serve out the remaining three years of his contract on Tyneside, but one thing is for sure – there will be no rocking of the boat by the Newcastle captain until the season is over – such is Fab’s complete professionalism – but it looks like his personal problem still has to be resolved.
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