We’ve heard almost right through the summer that Crustal Palace manager Alan Pardew wanted to sing his former captain of Newcastle – Fabricio Coloccini – but today Crystal Palace and Alan have said they are not interested in signing th Argentine International.
So that would seem to put any rumors about Colo leaving Newcastle at and end, and he will not only stay at Newcastle for the final year of his contract, but he will be captain for the coming season too.
With this being his final year of eight years on Tyneside, he will also be motivated to do very well especially after the second half of last season which was simply a nightmare for Newcastle fans.
Fabricio Coloccini – in action last season
This is what Crustal Palace have put out today on their web-site and it comes from Alan Pardew:
“Contrary to the rumors and reports circulating in the media, we want to confirm we have no interest in Fabricio Coloccini.”
“And although he remains my ex-captain and a great player, he will not be coming to Crystal Palace.”
And then last night during Steve McClaren’s call-in on BBC Radio Newcastle he had this to say about the captain:
“Coloccini is the most experienced player, and my dealings with him have been tremendous.”
“We’ve had long, long talks. “He wants to stay here so I am delighted,” “Do I need to change the captain? Why do I need to unsettle everything – he carries on.”
Not the question is whether Fabricio can get fit for the opening game of the season at home to Southampton on Sunday.
Colo’s has never played one minute in pre-season so maybe the best he can do is the be on the bench for the game which may see Chancel Mbemba also get a run-out on Sunday.
Maybe our best center-back pairing if we don’t bring in another center-back is Coloccini – Mbemba and with Colo in form that would be a big improvement on what we had available last season.
And we should also see both Gini Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic make their Premier league debuts on Sunday.