Coloccini ‘Meeting The Fans Helped Me Decide To Stay At Newcastle’
To say Newcastle United’s defence looks a little bit better with Fabricio Coloccini in the team, is a little like saying Alan Shearer helped the side score a few goals.
So when out of the blue in January, it became clear that our captain was desperate to leave in the middle of a relegation battle, things looked bleak.
Colo ended up staying at the club at least until the end of the season and has now reaffirmed his commitment to NUFC;
“As you know I had personal problems but I spoke with my family and had to take a decision. I told them that I’ve worked all of my life to have my dream of playing at the top level of football. It was a difficult conversation but they could understand that and that’s why I am still here.
I made my decision in the middle of the (summer) holidays, I am here and I am happy.
My relationship with Newcastle was very important in making my descision. All the fans in the street, when they stop me, they ask me to stay and sometimes those things make the difference.
Newcastle is a special club for me of course. I have supported San Lorenzo since I was small but I also feel something for Newcastle now. I have been here five years and the fans are amazing, I have a contract for a long time here and hopefully I can see out that contract.
I knew Pope Francis was a San Lorenzo fan, he has a season ticket and everything. You could tell he really loves San Lorenzo when he spoke with us last week. I shook hands with him, he is always speaking about San Lorenzo and so for me as a fan it was amazing.”
As well as the fans talking to him on the street, I do believe that the Newcastle fans as a whole deserve massive credit because I think at many clubs he would have got a lot of abuse for that messy period in January but the fans were supportive from the very time he first stepped back onto the pitch at Norwich.
A massive year fro Colo, especially back as a regular in the Argentina squad, if he recaptures the form of 2011/12 and leads Newcastle United back into calmer waters, then we could all be enjoying watching him in Brazil next summer.
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