It was just bound to happen that after Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini did not get his wish to return to Argentina in January and the fact he’s missed the last 11 games with a back injury – that his commitment to Newcastle is now questionable.
Fabricio Coloccini in training
But Alan Pardew has said today that’s just not true, as Colo returns to the squad, and will probably start today’s important games against Liverpool on the bench.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about his captain in the local press today:
“He’s been out seven weeks, and his conditioning is a real tribute to his professionalism,” “Some of the rumors about him have been really way off the mark and unfair on his professionalism.”
“This is a player who is desperate (to play) for this football club. I don’t care what people think has gone on.” “He had a personal issue, but every time he trains and plays for us, he’s top class.”
The 31-year-old told Newcastle on January 10th, that he wanted to leave the club and return home to Argentina, after the news had been reported that San Lorenzo wanted him.
His father Osvaldo had even been quoted in the reports as saying his son wanted to come home.
It’s interesting that Pardew’s last sentence is in the past tense, so we don’t know whether the personal problem has been resolved.
But just as in January the news is that Newcastle will not let their captain leave for anything less than his value – which is around £5M – and they will try to keep Colo at the club this summer.
The captain has another three years left on his contract but we just hope there’s not going to be a circus over Coloccini this summer – we’ve had enough of that kind of stuff with Demba Ba last summer.
Let’s know how you think the game will go today.
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