The uncertainly over Fabricio Coloccini’s future has been hanging like the sword of Damocles over Newcastle United for months.
Ever since January last year when the 32-year-old said that he would like to return to his native Argentina with his former club San Lorenzo keen on him, there has been persistent speculation on the defender’s future.
The Argentine’s current contract with Newcastle runs until June 2016 and manager Alan Pardew himself has said that he is not ready to part company with his captain anytime soon.
However, Coloccini has done himself no favour when it comes to putting an end to speculation surrounding his next move by admitting that he has yet to make up his mind.
“I think we have to think about the seven games, and then start to think about other things,” he told The Shields Gazette.
“But I have a contract here for a long time, and that is all I can say. We have to improve for next season and take as many points as possible.”
Reading between the lines, it appears that Coloccini has yet to fully commit himself to the Magpies. Or else, he would have simply been stronger in his assertion that he would certainly remain at St James’ Park beyond this summer.
Perhaps the former Deportivo La Coruna central defender is hoping for a bid from San Lorenzo, but it has to be a substantial one to force Newcastle’s hands.
Coloccini’s current market value is said to be £4m, and it is doubtful if his Argentine suitors, who won the 2013 Torneo Inicial and are currently four points off the pace in the 2014 Torneo Final, would be able to afford that.
Coloccini has been at Newcastle since 2008 and has established himself as an integral player in Pardew’s team. Despite the fact that he is over 30, his loss could come as a blow for the Premier League outfit, unless they sign a suitable replacement.
Will Newcastle United be able to cope with Fabricio Coloccini’s loss, if he does leave in the summer?