Next Game

Wellington Phoenix FC v Newcastle

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 05:30

Friendly Match

Boundary Park

Last Game

Oldham 2 - 1 Newcastle

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 19:30

Friendly Match

Coloccini opts to stay put

Fabricio Coloccini will stay at Newcastle until at least the end of the season, manager Alan Pardew has confirmed.

Last Updated: 25/01/13 at 21:34 Post Comment

Fabricio Coloccini: Newcastle captain will finish the season at St James' Pa

Fabricio Coloccini: Newcastle captain will finish the season at St James' Pa

The Premier League club's captain, who signed a new four-year deal only last season, had asked to return home to Argentina for personal reasons.

But after several days of delicate negotiations, the 31-year-old has agreed to stay on Tyneside and will continue to wear the armband.

Pardew said: "Coloccini is going to stay with us and will remain as captain, which is fantastic news for us.

"We have managed to persuade him that, as much as his family, we need him. He has shown fantastic loyalty to come and play and see us through to the summer at the very least.

"It's a situation that me and 'Colo' have been on a personal journey to make sure that he understands that he has a big responsibility here to fans and to families of this club."

Newcastle had bolstered their defensive ranks with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - an apparent replacement for the Argentina international - as well as full-backs Mathieu Debuchy and Massadio Haidara but Coloccini's U-turn is a huge boost.

He has been a cornerstone of the Newcastle side since arriving from Deportivo La Coruna in 2008 and was named in last season's PFA Team of the Year after helping the club qualify for the Europa League.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool will move on without Luis Suarez

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists there is no bad blood between the club and the outgoing Luis Suarez.

Transfer news: Liverpool appear to be close to completing a deal for Loic Remy

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Loic Remy with the French forward reportedly having his medical in Boston.

Manchester United still global giant and prepared to spend big insists Ed Woodward

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says the club is prepared to break transfer records, if necessary.

Mail Box

Why The Obsession Over The Captaincy?

Asks the morning mailbox, before hastily returning to the debate over who should replace Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Ed Woodward's spending plans and more...

Anyone But Rooney. Or Baines. Or Hart.

There isn't a great deal of excitement in the Mailbox regarding England's potential new captain, but we have good stuff on Gerrard's development and a one club man team...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property