Fabricio Coloccini has been talking about what happened in the summer at Newcastle and this time he has been talking to Sky Sports.
To a large extent how Newcastle will fare until January is very much dependent on how Coloccini plays at the back and when he’s in form we are quite solid – as he showed at Old Trafford at the beginning of the season where he was Man of the Match in the 0-0 draw, after we had got off to a rocky start.
Fabricio Coloccini tackles Memphis at Old Trafford
Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace were one of the clubs definitely interested in Coloccini and the rumors were they were willing to offer the 33 year-old a three year deal and in the end Newcastle added a year to his contract.
That means he has two years left on Tyneside and he will have spent nine years with the club at that time and it’s a good question whether he will continue playing at Newcastle or somewhere else after June, 2017.
This is what Coloccini told Sky Sports:
“There were a few opportunities and offers to leave the club.” “So I went to the club and said: ‘I want to stay but it’s up to you if you want me to be part of the new project with the new manager’.”
“I said I want to be here, and they wanted me here so it wasn’t difficult to get the deal.” “It’s good to have that.“I’m 33 and it means I have been doing good things during my career.”
“I don’t know if I’ll end my career here.” “I never think into the future.” “I think in the present and enjoy this time.” “Time flies, and if you are thinking about the future you can’t enjoy the present.”
“I’m enjoying the present and being in the club, and the training ground.” “The future?“We will see what happens.”
We are hoping that Newcastle will bring in a top center-back in January – maybe even Joel Matip of Schalke – and if that happens it’s up to Coloccini to see if he can keep his place.
But Newcastle have been weak at center-back for some time now and it’s time to bring in a top young center-back who can partner Chancel Mbemba as the future central defense partnership at Newcastle.
Jamaal Lascelles and Paul Dummett are also two players already at the club who can force their way in at center-back if they play well enough.
What do you think?