Newcastle transfers: I’m 100% committed to the Magpies – Coloccini
Newcastle transfers: Fabricio Coloccini says he is 100% committed to helping the Magpies stay in the Premier League
Fabricio Coloccini says that he is “100 per cent” committed to Newcastle United’s bid to stay in the Premier League this season, ending talk of the Magpies captain leaving before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
The Argentina international had reportedly expressed a desire to leave the Magpies last week and return to South America, amid interest from San Lorenzo.
However, the centre-half’s future appears to have been resolved, with Coloccini set to stay for the remainder of the campaign as the Magpies look to move clear of danger.
The former Deportivo La Coruna defender is expected to feature for Newcastle against Aston Villa on Tuesday night, and Coloccini is determined to make amends.
“The last few weeks there has been a lot of talk about my future,” he told Newcastle’s website. “But I am staying here. And of course I will give 100 per cent like I always do.
“I have been here five years and Newcastle has given me a lot and done a lot for me. I have to be true to the club. I will give 100 per cent.
“I love football and once I am on the pitch it is different. The problems I have are outside the pitch.
“I heard in the city and around the club that the fans think I have my head elsewhere thinking about other things, or that I am not the same player as last season.
“The fans have to know and be sure that when I am on the field I give 100 per cent. I am the captain of the team and I take the responsibility.
“I think everybody has problems outside of their work in life. It is difficult but now I am here and all I have in my head is to make sure we are in the Premier League next year. That is my only objective.
“I am alone here with my family. We don’t have grandparents here or uncles and aunties. It does make it difficult. Not for me personally, because I come to work everyday, but for my kids and wife.
“Here though, the club and the fans are my family at the moment. The love that they give to me with my song and on the pitch for me is fantastic. It’s the best present they can give me.”