McClaren discusses Coloccini's future, claims 'no official approach' from Crystal Palace

Steve McClaren

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren says he expects Fabricio Coloccini to stay at St. James' Park.

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has told Sky Sports that there has been no official approach from Crystal Palace for defender Fabricio Coloccini.

Reports from The Mirror on Saturday night suggested that Palace boss - and former Magpies manager Alan Pardew - wanted to reunite with the Argentine this summer.

Pardew is attempting to bring a new centre back to Selhurst Park, and having worked with Newcastle skipper Colocini before, a move to sign the veteran makes sense, especially with Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba poised to make the move to St. James' Park.

However, following Newcastle's 2-2 draw against Sheffield United earlier today, Newcastle boss McClaren was asked by Sky Sports whether there was any truth to the rumour that Coloccini was heading to Palace - but McClaren says that there has been no approach from the Eagles.

"[We've had] no official approach," said McClaren, "Colo has been working with us on and off and is nursing his achilles at the present moment and getting through some work as well. He's been a first class professional since I came through the door, and like everybody else, we want to see him on the field and playing for this team."

"I don't see why not," added McClaren when asked whether Coloccini will still be a Newcastle player come the start of the Premier League season.

Palace already have a number of experienced heads in defence, such as Damien Delaney, Brede Hangeland and Paddy McCarthy, so bringing in another ageing centre back in Coloccini may not be the wisest of moves from Pardew.

Palace have Scott Dann in place, but finding a longer-term partner for him should be Pardew's priority, rather than signing 33-year-old Coloccini.

Meanwhile, Newcastle could still get some benefit out of Coloccini, with 20-year-old Mbemba needing experience alongside him to ease the transition to English football this coming season - and Coloccini would certainly be able to fill that role, if he can get himself fit and prove his worth to McClaren.

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