We have no idea what Fabricio Coloccini is thinking about the decision he will have to make in the summer – whether to either stay on Tyneside, or return to Argentina yo be with his family.
Fab said in June he would stay at Newcastle for this season, but didn’t commit any further than that.
Coloccini - Pardew wants him to stay
And while the manager admits he hasn’t talked about the situation with Colo for quite a while, he knows that the Argentine is an important player for Newcastle.
This is what Pardew said about his captain last night:
“I have not had that conversation with Colo for a while, or about prolonging his contract. I am not really worried about it at this stage but obviously it is a conversation that I will have Colo and we will pick the right decision for the club.”
“What might be right for him might not be right for the club, but I am hoping we both make the same decision because I want him to stay. I think he is an essential part of this team. He is one of my most important players.”
“I don’t see anything to give me cause for alarm if I am honest. His mentality for the game will never change. He is quite calm. He enters the game to be the best player and most of the time, he is.”
That’s an interesting statement – what might be right for him might not be right for the club - would suggest that they could tell Colo he has to see out the last two years of his contract.
But you always want a player to want to stay at the club, especially when it’s a high profile club like Newcastle United, so we hope that Fab reaches the same decision on his own.