Krul and Colo talk Champions League, contracts, and the future

Coloccini and Krul talk about the future
Well what an odd day! I rolled out of my pit this morning to see the yellow bar on Sky Sports News flickering across the bottom of the screen saying there was a press conference at Newcastle coming up.

We don’t do special press conferences so my first thought was ‘oh my, what has the not so fatman done now?’

Well with the benefit of hindsight it actually turned out to be a good thing which was a rather pleasant Saturday morning surprise. That good thing, as we spoke about earlier, was the news that both Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini have committed to the club long term, with deals lasting until 2017 and 2016 respectively.

The last line of the aforementioned article promised to bring you interviews from both players in the wake of their new deals, and as I like to keep to my word, here you go!

First up our curly haired Captain, Fabricio Coloccini who had this to day to the official club website.

“It is an important day because I wanted to sign here and the Club wanted me to stay, so I am very happy,” he told nufcTV.

“A lot of things made me want to sign here and I can stay for a long time, so it is going to be important for me and for my career.”

“If I can finish this contract then I am going to have a lot of years at Newcastle United and that is massively important for me with such a big team.”

It’s been an amazing turnaround for Coloccini. Ridiculed in his first season and branded as another expensive foreign flop after our relegation he has since gone from strength to strength and has established himself as arguably one of our best defenders of the modern era.

Colo had high aspirations at the start of his Newcastle career, and whilst they may have had to slow down as we slipped out of the Premier League before returning one year later, he insists that those once high aspirations are now back on the agenda at NUFC.

“When I came here in the first year, in my first interview I said I wanted to play in the Champions League with Newcastle United,” said the centre-back who signed from Deportivo la Coruna back in 2008

“Maybe people thought I was crazy, but that is my dreams. We are in a good way, and if we keep going like this – hard working and with the Club going this way – then it is maybe possible.”

“I don’t know if it will be next year or a couple of years, but we can be fighting with the top teams.”

Meanwhile Tim Krul has lauded what could be a bright future at Newcastle United after signing his new long term deal, which will potentially keep him on Tyneside until the age of 30. Would you believe that Krul has already been with us seven years? Signed in 2005 he is a symbol of what youth development can bring, and just how long it can take to break into the first team as a youngster.

This season is his first one as first choice goalkeeper at NUFC, and he hasn’t disappointed. He has been one of the form ‘keepers in the Premier League this campaign and has, at times, kept us in games single-handedly so I’m glad he has signed a nice, long contract extension. So is he by the sounds of it!

“I’m over the moon,” said Krul, who is now regular in the Dutch international squad.

“To commit my future to Newcastle is a fantastic feeling, and I’m just looking forward to the years ahead.”

“I’ve always wanted to play for Newcastle in the Premier League and this year has really been my breakthrough. I owe a lot to Alan Pardew and the Club for giving me the opportunity, and to sign for five-more years is a fantastic feeling.”

“The Club has a big future and we are going the right way. The Club has always kept its promises with me, and that promise and faith in me gave me the confidence and the will to sign.”

“It’s been a fantastic season so far and hopefully we can finish it off properly.”

I’ll say it once again, but this is great news for the club and the fans ahead on the derby tomorrow – a timely PR boost ahead of an important home game! I honestly can’t see how anyone can put a negative slant on it although some have already tried!

I know a contract doesn’t automatically mean that a player will stay for the duration, but it does ensure that we get top dollar for them should they move on, which will benefit the club – as we’ve seen they can do magic things with a cash windfall! On the other hand, the players in question do stop and we get x amount of years of service from them. It’s a win win.

Howay the lads!

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19 thoughts on “Krul and Colo talk Champions League, contracts, and the future

  1. TOONSY looking at that photo wish colo was as tall as krul looks a hell of
    lot taller 😆


  2. I must admit that I had subscribed to the theory that we would look to unload our older higher paid players(Nolan). Happy to see that the club recognises the importance of a player over wages and age..


  3. RICHIE you got a hoose sorted yet mate you tight git,your lass must be fed up liveing in that tent 😀 😀


  4. Only when I am awake Richie.. The rest of the time, aparently I am as positive as the come 🙂


  5. Im chuffed to bits, the spine of our team is now locked down with genuine quality, also chuffed for the club, they have shown time and time again if the right person is able to be secured at the right price they will do the deal.

    And the likes of Slow Coach Nolan, Chip on Shoulder Troy sorry Barton etc etc can take a run and jump.

    Happy days 😆


  6. RICHIE sorry mate was only jokeing,things will come good dont worry,lifes a **** at times 😉


  7. Great news this. If only we could have added Ba to that list. At least now if Liverpool want another one of our backs we can get a decent price for them.


  8. Ice@55 previous blog 😆 That’s what iget for reading paper and popping back to blog at same time 😳


  9. Wonder if this will make Ba sign up before the summer as well , i hope so , then that will only leave the contracts of Guthrie and Simpson to get sorted . I have a feeling both will go in the summer though .


  10. I’m pleased that Krul has signed such a long deal as he was coming up to the last year I think and that was worrying as surely there would be takers in for him. Chelsea and Spurs spring to mind. If we get a big, fast CB in the summer and a better RB then I believe we could have a top 4 defense to go with Collo and Santon.


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