The big news breaking tonight is that Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini wants to finish his career at St James’s Park and therefore Newcastle will not be selling the Argentine International this summer, and it looks like he will serve out the last year of his contract on Tyneside.
That will mean Coloccini will have played a full eight years at Newcastle, having been brought in from Spanish side Deportivo for £10.3M back in the summer of 2008, when Kevin Keegan was the manager.
Fab Coloccini in action last season for Newcastle
And it seems that Colo could even be fit for the first game of the season against Southampton on Sunday – but it’s asking a lot of the 33 year-old to come straight into the side after playing in none of the pre-season friendlies.
This is what head coach Steve McClaren has said about Colo tonight:
“I’ve spoken to him several times,” “He’s been seven years at Newcastle. He’s coming to the end of his career, and he wants to finish it here. I’ve said ‘great – that’ll do me’, because they’re words I like to hear.”
“So let’s just get on the field and play now.” “Well, he’s got a year left on his contract, and Newcastle – it’s always his preferred choice.” “I know there’s been a lot of speculation, but my indication is that he wants to stay here and take the club forward.”
“We’ll assess him each day and see how he trains. A lot of them still need work and minutes. We have to get working pretty quickly.” “I think the work that the majority of the squad have been doing, we’ll get that work in this week which we need to do.”
Like a number of Newcastle players Coloccini did not have a good second half of the season under John Carver, and the team simply collapsed under the experienced and often naive coach.
Before that final game against West Ham which we won 2-0, Newcastle had lost nine and drawn one of the previous 10 games – easily the worst run ever by any Newcastle side in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace had been wanting to take Colo to London, but that looks like it will not happen now.
And with Coloccini staying, we wonder if that means Chancel Mbemba will be the only center-back brought this summer?
What do you think?