Crystal Palace have released a statement following speculation that Fabricio Coloccini was on his way to Selhurst Park.
Rather than just ignoring the talk in the media, the South London club have bizarrely gone to the extent of releasing the following and also publishing it on the official club website.
Official Crystal Palace Statement
Eagles manager Alan Pardew has addressed speculation linking the club with Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini, saying:
“Contrary to the rumours and reports circulating in the media, we want to confirm we have no interest in Fabricio Coloccini and although he remains my ex-captain and a great player, he will not be coming to Crystal Palace.”
As you can see, there isn’t much of it, but it does make me think even more that there has been more going on with Coloccini this summer than we have found out about (yet).
Alan Pardew has been happy to stir things up throughout the summer and regularly mentioned Coloccini in media interviews, making clear he would like him at Palace.
Last night Steve McClaren announced that Coloccini was definitely staying at Newcastle and would be Captain, though in previous quotes the United Head Coach has intimated that the Argentine staying at St James Park wasn’t a foregone conclusion.
Then on top of all that he hasn’t kicked a ball in anger all summer, despite training for much of it.
When the squad were in America, Steve McClaren appeared to make clear that Coloccini would have played in the final leg of that tour, if Portland Timbers hadn’t hosted the game on a plastic pitch deemed too dodgy to risk a number of players.
Yet when the squad returned to England, Coloccini hasn’t had a single minute in those three friendly matches.
The last two or three years there has been far too much talking about Coloccini’s situation off the pitch whilst his performances on it have ranged from poor to average in most cases.
Let’s hope this final year of his contract we are talking about the player/captain in similar terms to his stand out season of 2011/12….especially when playing against Alan Pardew’s team.