Captain Coloccini has reiterated his desire to stay at Newcastle and sign a new deal, although he admits that there is no rush to put pen to paper as he concentrates on finishing the season in style.
Contract talks have lingered on between the club and Captain for sometime now, but the Argentine is keen to point out that a certain amount of posturing and negotiation is normal when it comes to securing a new deal.
“Of course, I want to stay. We’re speaking and everything’s OK. It’s just normal process,” said the 30-year-old when asked about how things were going with his contract and if he wanted to stay at Newcastle United.
He added: “We have to think about each game, not the Champions League or Europa League.”
“It’s all about giving 100 per cent every game. Only when there are four or five games left can we start weighing up which competition we are going for.”
Colo is clearly trying to stay focussed on football in what could be a very interesting run in for Newcastle, which is good. Perhaps he can have a word with some of his colleagues who just seemed to switch off at the weekend?
To be honest I’m kind of past the point of worrying about Colo’s contract. What will be will be and the club have proven over the last couple of seasons that they can spot a replacement should the worst happen although in an ideal world we’ll be buying someone in the summer to compete with Colo rather than to replace him.
The Daily Star seems to think that the Newcastle hierarchy are a bit miffed with Colo as they’ve offered him improved terms on a four year contract although I personally can’t see either that happening or the Daily Star knowing anything about what is going in the negotiations. Journalistic guessing is my assumption on that one.
The most important thing is that everyone seems to be singing from the same hymn sheet with regard to contract talks. Both Colo and Pardew have said that it may have to wait until the end of the season before things get sorted so hopefully it will get sorted then.