Fabricio Coloccini: Newcastle captain agrees to stay at club
Fabricio Coloccini will stay at Newcastle until the end of the season, according to manager Alan Pardew.
The club captain had reiterated his desire to leave for personal reasons during talks earlier this week. However the Argentine, 31, has now agreed to remain at the club until the summer following further discussions.
"We have managed to persuade him that, as much as his family, we need him," Pardew said. "He will remain as captain, which is fantastic news." Both parties will re-address the issue at the end of the season, but Pardew added: "He has shown fantastic loyalty to see us through to the summer at the very least.
The defender had been given until the end of the week to make a final decision. Sources close to Coloccini had stressed the player's position had nothing to do with Newcastle's poor form this season and is purely down to a crisis in his personal life.
Originally from Cordoba in Argentina, Coloccini joined Newcastle from Deportivo La Coruna for £10.3million in 2008 and signed a new four-year contract with Newcastle last year.
He has only made 18 appearances in all competitions this season, because of a hamstring injury picked up on international duty and a three-match suspension after being sent off against Liverpool.
But his performances have drawn praise from manager Alan Pardew, who said that watching him against rivals Sunderland in October was 'like watching Bobby Moore'. Newcastle have already sold striker Demba Ba to Chelsea during this transfer window.
But they have signed four French players so far in January, with midfielder Moussa Sissoko also set to move from Toulouse. Forward Yoan Gouffran , centre-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa , right-back Mathieu Debuchy and defender Massadio Haidara have all joined.
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