Fabricio Coloccini explains why he signed a new Newcastle contract; reveals where he plans to finish his playing career

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Fabricio Coloccini has explained why he signed a new deal with Newcastle and what he has planned for the future.

According to quotes published by the Mirror, Fabricio Coloccini has admitted he could have quit Newcastle this summer.

The Magpies captain says was tempted by a three-year deal offered by Premier League rivals Crystal Palace, but ended up signing a contract extension at St James' Park for another two seasons.

Coloccini, who made 32 appearances for the club last season, will be 35 years of age when his deal expires in 2017.

Speaking to the Mirror, he suggested he is open to the possibility of finishing his career on Tyneside, although he would be tempted by a future move back to his native land, Argentina. 

He said: “I had a few offers to leave the club but I said my first choice is to be here."

"I felt proud because I want to be here, I feel part of this club and this city."

"I expect to be fit and play every game. I would like to finish my career in Europe, maybe here. But maybe I will play a few years in Argentina if I feel ok."

For now, having dismissed interest from Crystal Palace, Coloccini continues to be seen as a valuable asset by the Newcastle hierarchy.

The Argentine veteran starred in the Toon's 2-2 opening weekend draw versus Southampton, weighing in with a dominant defensive display.

He completed 87% of his attempted passes at St. James' Park, while making six clearances, one interception, and blocking one opposition attempt at goal. 

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