McClaren Casts Doubt On Player Leaving Newcastle

With Fabricio Coloccini not even in the squad today at Bramall Lane when he was supposed to get his first outing in pre-season may have signaled this could be the end of the road at Newcastle for the Argentine who joined us from Deportivo seven years ago when Kevin Keegan was manager.

But not according to head coach Steve McClaren who says he’s been a first class professional for Newcastle and wants to see him back in the side for next season.

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Fabricio Coloccini – first class professional

There’s been a lot of press about Alan Pardew wanting him at Crystal Palace where can could link up with former team-mate Yohan Cabaye.

And there are reports saying that Palace are willing to pay out £6M for the 33 year-old who has just one year left on his contract.

If those reports are correct – which we seriously doubt – we should sell him.

This is what McClaren told Sky Sports News after the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United today.

“We’ve had no official approach,” “Colo’s been working with us on and off nursing his Achilles and getting through some work.”

“He’s been a first-class professional. I came through the door and he’s the captain. Like everyone else, we want to see him on the field and playing for this team.”

The Chronicle put out a report yesterday that both Coloccini and Cisse would be made available for transfer this summer.

We wonder is that’s true, because both men are experienced Premier League players and could still do a job at Newcastle next season.

We’ll have to wait and see, but it will depend on Newcastle being able to bring in top replacements before September rolls around.

Coloccini has played 248 times with 6 goals in the last seven seasons for Newcastle and cost us £10.3M.

What do you think?

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