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Pardew: Coloccini committed

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini is committed to the club, says manager Alan Pardew.

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Fabricio Coloccini: Asked for a transfer in January

Fabricio Coloccini: Asked for a transfer in January

The 31-year-old central defender looked set to depart St James' Park when he demanded a transfer for personal reasons in January.

However, after a number of close-season conversations between Pardew and his skipper, the Magpies manager has revealed that Coloccini is determined to make a success of this season with the club and earn himself a place in the Argentina squad for next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

"Colo made it very clear in the summer that he is coming back to play this season," Pardew told The Chronicle. "He really has the bit between his teeth.

"He wants to play in the World Cup in Brazil, not to mention Newcastle United's season.

"Me and him have had a lot of discussions about last year and they were very constructive, I have to say.

"He wants to come back, and he wants to lead us. He showed at the back end of last year how important he is to us. When he played, we looked a different team."

Cabaye costly

Meanwhile, Pardew has reiterated his stance that midfielder Yohan Cabaye is not for sale, amidst public interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

But the 51-year-old is realistic enough to know a big bid for the player could prove impossible for the club to turn down.

Pardew told The Journal: "It's a bit difficult for me to talk about Yohan when I haven't seen him because he's still away.

"The internationals are back on the 15th and I'll sit down and talk to him about the comments that have come out.

"The bottom line is, though, he's got a three-year contract with us still to run and I expect him to be a big part of our season next year. Hopefully, he will be.

"He's still very much in my plans, but like any player at any club, there is a price - but it's going to be a very high price."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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