Newcastle Captain Fabricio Coloccini has hinted that a new contract could be on the horizon as he looks to secure his long term professional future.
Speaking to the local press, the 29-year-old has reiterated that he is very happy at Newcastle and is open to following the lead of Jonas Gutierrez who penned a new deal last week.
The one major stumbling block with Colo is going to be his wage. It’s reported that he is the highest paid player at the club so it will be interesting to see just what happens. If he signs we know there has been compromise and that the club can offer wages high enough to keep top players interested. If he doesn’t then it’s a sign of the “finance first” attitude that can become detrimental to the playing side of things.
However it should also be mentioned that other clubs would struggle to match the reported £80,000-a-week wages that he is on which may well work in our favour. Something else that may work in our favour is that apparent happiness of the player.
“I’m very happy here, so we’ll see what happens,” said Colo when asked by the local press about a hint of a new contract.
As Captain he is arguably one of the most important players at the club. To me he is the first name on the teamsheet, even if he wasn’t Captain, and it would cost an awful lot of money to replace him. I just hope that the club look at it that way.
Colo is a success story although it hasn’t all been sweetness and light for the Argie. He struggled to settle on Tyneside which showed on the pitch as Colo looked set to join a long line of expensive flops. However, and this should serve as a warning to people who write players off/build them up early in their time at the club, he turned it around and is now starting to share his experience with the other new signings at the club.
Coloccini said: “It’s not just been my job as captain to make sure the new players have settled in, it’s been something everyone’s had to do. When a new player comes we have to make them feel comfortable in Newcastle. I know how difficult it was for me when I came here.”
“The team spirit is different to last season. When you start well everything is good, everyone is happy. It’s different. We’ll find out more when we have some bad times. But now the spirit is fantastic. We have some good people in the changing room and I think that’s the key for us to keep winning and playing well.”
So Colo does indeed seem happy with life at Newcastle, and with his teammates. He’s been calling on his bad experience when he first signed for us and is using it to help the club now. I personally can’t fault the lad and hope that he and the club manage to agree terms on a new deal.
Sign him up!