Doubts have surrounded Coloccini since the back end of last season when Newcastle avoided relegation on the final day of the campaign. Crystal Palace, managed by ex-Toon boss Alan Pardew, have been linked with the 33-year-old but McClaren claims the Argentine would rather remain at St James’ Park.
“He has a year left on his contract and Newcastle has always been his preferred choice,” the new Magpies manager said.
“I know there has been a lot of speculation, but my indication is that he wants to stay here and take the club forward.
“He is coming towards the end of his career and he wants to finish it here. I said ‘great, that will do me’. Those are the kind of words I like to hear. Let’s just get him on the field of play now.”
Coloccini’s pre-season preparations have been hampered by an Achilles injury and the skipper is a major doubt for the Premier League opener against Southampton on Saturday having missed the weekend’s friendly defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach.
McClaren said: “We will assess him and see how he trains.”