Fabricio Coloccini has made a very rare TV appearance, giving an interview in English, something which has happened only once or twice in the seven and a half years he has been at Newcastle United, most of those years as captain of the club.

Last season Coloccini did his first ever post-match interview after the West Brom home match, something which many supporters hoped would lead to the captain taking on more of a leadership role in representing both the players and the club.

Sadly that never happened and since then, as Newcastle have continued to struggle, we have often seen young inexperienced players and fringe players explaining away United’s latest defeat, instead of the club captain for whom this is surely a key role.

In speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the derby game, explaining how he came to stay at Newcastle this summer, hopefully this will be a sign of Coloccini taking a more leading role when it comes to the media.

He spoke perfectly good English, which you would expect seen as he has been here for the majority of his adult life, so that is no barrier.

Despite the very welcome 6-2 win over Norwich, Newcastle are still in deep trouble, with strong leadership essential to help drag the team into a better position.

Fabricio Colocconi speaking to Sky Sports:

“I had a few other offers to leave the club, so I came to the club and said I would like to stay, but it is up to you if you want me here to be part of this new project with this new manager.

“I sat with the club and said I want to be here, they wanted me here, so it was not difficult to get a deal.”

‘Flattering to have other clubs interested?’

“Yes yes, well it is good to have this because I am 33 and it means I have been doing good things in my career.”

‘Like to finish your career here?’

“It is difficult to say, I never think in the future, I think in the present and enjoy the time, because time flies and if you think in the future you cannot enjoy the present.

“So I am enjoying the present, enjoying the club, enjoying every day here in the training ground. The future?

“We will see what happens.”