Steve McClaren seemed delighted to have Coloccini pledge his future to Newcastle last week, well at least for the next couple of years, and we have to give Colo credit for playing so well on Sunday with a new partner at the back – the impressive Chancel Mbemba – it was Colo’s first game since we beat West Ham 2-0 in that critical final game of the season.
Fabricio has been talking to BBC Radio Newcastle today, and it seems he wants to keep playing and maybe past the two years he has signed up to play at Newcastle.
Fabricio Coloccini in action on Sunday
Crystal Palace were willing to give Colo a three year deal to move to London, which would keep him playing until he was 36, but he got a one year extension at Newcastle which will keep him on Tyneside until June of 2017.
This is what Colo has told BBC Radio Newcastle today:
“I had a few offers to leave the club, but I said my first choice is to be here.” “I felt proud because – I want to be here. I feel part of this club and this city.”
“I expect to be fit and play every game.” “I would like to finish my career in Europe, maybe here.” “I try to speak in the present. I have a contract for two years, but in the future I don’t know what will happen.”
“I would like to finish my career in Europe, but maybe I will play a few years in Argentina if I feel OK.”
It will depend on how Colo plays this season, but it does seem that Colo is open to playing for Newcastle past his two year deal on Tyneside.
And if he plays well in the coming season for Steve McClaren, it wouldn’t surprise us too much if Newcastle extend his contract for another year next summer.
Colo’s style is well suited to play for a few years yet – since he ‘s such a good reader of the game, as he demonstrated on Sunday.
He was also never quick so he will not exactly lose any speed – since he never had any to start with.
Maybe if Newcastle are to do really well this season in Steve McClaren’s first year on Tyneside, it means the captain will have to do well.
We hope that happens – and if it does don’t be surprised if Fabricio gets another one year extension to his current deal.
From what he says above – that would be very acceptable to Coloccini.