Fabricio Coloccini seems as committed to Newcastle as ever, after his attempts to move back to Argentina ended in failure last month, and it’s a sign of Colo’s complete professionalism, that he has played very well for Newcastle since that time, and Alan Pardew showed confidence in the Argentine by keeping him on as captain of the team.
Coloccini – in training after failing in his attempt to return to Argentina
The Argentine says he is happy to play for Newcastle. but is not sure what next season holds for him, but he says he has turned a page and we have moved on.
The Newcastle squad’s five-hour flight to the Ukraine was on a luxury plane – complete with bedrooms – so maybe on the way home they can get some sleep as a first preparation for the Southampton game in the early kick-off game on Sunday afternoon (1:30 pm).
This is what he said in the Daily Mirror today:
“The future? Yes. I am happy to play now. When the situation was finished in January I said to the club that we can turn the page. We have moved on.” “I’m only focusing on the club now.”
“Next season, I don’t know. I just want to be focused on the Premier League and the Europa League this season.” “We will have our hands full with the Metalist attack. I know quite a few of them: Sousa, Cristaldo.”
“They are all very good players who did very well in Argentina.” “The striker kept talking to me in Spanish during the game – which was strange during a game against Ukranians.”
“They are a good team, but we are a good team as well. It is 50/50. We showed in the first leg that we can create chances against them, so that has got to give us confidence.”
“I thought we played very well at home and we can build on that, because we feel like we can score against them. We had many situations against them and it is good to come here to try and win the game.”
“There are many tests ahead but I think we have got a squad which is strong enough to cope with what is in front of us, one that can go on to better things.” “Yes, of course, all of us would love to go to the final and win it, but we can only afford to take things step by step for now.”
“I know that it’s a long time, too long a time, since this club won anything. Newcastle have won nothing for so many years and that is wrong. We want to put that right and get our names in the history books. But we are too far away to talk of that now.”
“It will be a big test for us. The situation – the weather, the crowd, the team we’re playing – it will be a different kind of challenge, but if you want to go to the final this is the Europa League. It is tough.”
The 31 year-old still has three years left of his contract in June, but he may still leave the club if an acceptable offer for him comes in from an Argentina club, but it’s certain that Newcastle will not let him move home on the cheap.
And the Metalist Stadium will be a sell-out tomorrow night of almost 40,000 – so it will be a big test for this new Newcastle United side.
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