Fabricio Coloccini has signed a new contract at Newcastle United and his deal has been extended by one year, and this will keep him at the club until he’s 35 in June of 2017.
If Crystal Palace had come in for him we thought he would get a two year deal there – so it seems that Steve McClaren wants him at the club as his captain over the next two years, and therefore Newcastle gave him a one year extension, which is probably what he asked for.
This is a good move by the Newcastle head coach and Steve seems to have full confidence in the Argentine International.
Steve McClaren with his captain Fab Coloccini
That means he will have been at Newcastle nine years since he signed for us back in the summer of 2008, for £10.3M from Deportivo in Spain, when Kevin Keegan was the manager.
This is what Coloccini said on the club’s web-site:
“I am very happy to have signed a new contract. I have been here for seven years and I love this club. I feel part of the family at Newcastle United.”
“Headlines and speculation are normal when a player only has one year left on their contract, but the club have shown they want to keep me and that has made me feel very happy and very proud.”
“I am also very happy to continue as the captain of this football club. Captaining Newcastle makes me so proud. I am not from this city or this country, and so to be given the responsibility of wearing the armband every week is a very special thing.”
Good words from Colo there.
Newcastle’s head coach Steve McClaren said this:
“From day one at the club, Fabricio has been a stand-out character and I’m delighted we have secured his future with us.
“Once we sat down together to iron things out, I knew straight away his heart was with the club and the new contract was agreed very quickly. Fabricio is my captain.”
“He is a leader, hugely respected throughout the club and a top-class player on top of that.”
Steve McClaren seems to have decided very quickly that not only did he see Colo was one of our best players in training, but he said he has long talks with him ever since he arrived it seems there’s a great partnership there between the two of them.
It seems like a win-win for both men and one of the challenges Steve has had since he came in is to clean up the mess we had at the end of last season.
A lot of that has been giving confidence back to the Newcastle players, and it shows how good Steve’s man-management is.
Colo getting a year extension to his contract and being the captain is another reason why we would now be very surprised if Newcastle bring in another top center-back this summer.
It seems we’ll see a Colo-Mbemba central partnership and Jamaal Lascelles and one from Mike Williamson or Steve Taylor will be the back-ups.
It could be that Mike Williamson will leave before September, and he gets an awful lot of criticism from the fans, but he’s played well in pre-season, and he’s a better player than most give him credit for.
For £1M from Portsmouth in January of 2010 he’s been a bargain but for us.
Coloccini has always said he wanted to finish his career at Newcastle, and he’ll get his wish now, and will retire in two years time – but hopefully not before he takes Newcastle into the top six in the Premier League once again.
He will obviously be completely committed to Newcastle and we expect (and hope) he will be back to his best very soon.
Wonder if he’ll be fit for Sunday’s game against Southampton?