Fabricio Coloccini comments on his love for Newcastle after contract extension

Fabricio Coloccini

The Argentina international has been heavily linked to Crystal Palace for much of the summer.

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini, newly reinstated as skipper after he signed a new contract at St James's Park, has told the club website how happy he is to have extended his stay on Tyneside.

"I am very happy to have signed a new contract," he told the Magpies website. "I have been here for seven years and I love this Club. I feel part of the family at Newcastle United.

"Headlines and speculation are normal when a player only has one year left on their contract, but the Club have shown they want to keep me and that has made me feel very happy and very proud.

"I am also very happy to continue as the captain of this football club. Captaining Newcastle makes me so proud. I am not from this city or this country, and so to be given the responsibility of wearing the armband every week is a very special thing."

Coloccini's future at the club has been up in the air for much of the summer, with Steve McClaren hesitant to confirm the Argentine as captain for the new season amid rumours former Magpies boss Alan Pardew was keen to bring him down to London.

Things seemed to be getting closer to resolution this week though, with Pardew releasing a statement through the club's website saying they weren't interested in signing the 33-year-old. This was followed by the news today that the former Deportivo star was to sign a new deal with McClaren's side, and the centre back subsequently being revealed to be the ex England manager's skipper for the new season.

McClaren also accused unnamed individuals of denying their interest in the player, as the Mail covered, seemingly pointing the finger in Palace's direction.

Newcastle fans will be hoping Coloccini can return to the sort of fitness and form he displayed before last season, because the Argentina international remains a vital part of the club's back line in that case.

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