Pardew Believes Troubles Are BEhind Them

One of the major problems for Newcastle last season came in the attacking department where they struggled to score goals on a consistent basis. Back when the likes of Demba Ba and Cisse were on song, the club scored goals for fun. There was also a shadow of doubt surrounding the club after they had failed to make a single permanent signing in the last 18 months. This has finally been addressed in the last few weeks of the transfer window. Newcastle have been one of the active clubs in the transfer window so far by bringing in the likes of Emmanuel Riviere.

Coloccini Disappointed In Newcastle

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini has claimed that the form of the team in the second half of the season has not been good enough by any standards. After being close to achieving a Europa league qualification during the first half of the season, Newcastle have no suffered five consecutive defeats at home. This has pushed them closer to the bottom half of the table, but they would have been struggling against relegation had it not been for the brilliant first half of the season. The poor run of form has coincided with the sale of Yohan Cabaye.

COLOCCINI MISSES OUT

Newcastle United might have to travel to Chelsea without their captain and one of the most important players Fabricio Coloccini.

Coloccini had last made an appearance for the Magpies in the match against West Bromwich Albion on the first day of the year. He caused some damage to his knees during that game and has been sidelined since then.

COLOCCINI OFF?

One of the rumors that were believed on actually coming true last season was Fabricio Coloccini making his return to Argentina as the defender himself stated that he would like to exit his current club, Newcastle United and return to his childhood club San Lorenzo.

TIME TO CHANGE

The 31 years old Argentinean defender of Newcastle United Fabricio Coloccini has become a key player of the Premier league team ever since he made his arrival to the club back in 2008 but things are about to take a turn for him after his wife Natalia Coloccini delivered a series of messages in her twitter account stating that she left England and moved back to Argentina with their 2 children.

COLOCCINI RULED OUT

Fabricio Coloccini suffered a groin injury during a training session with his national side Argentina 2 weeks ago which has left him unable to play with Newcastle in their last matches.

His recovery was expected to be complete in Christmas although recent reports that have been airing are suggesting that the veteran defender might be able to get into the pitch sooner than what was initially believed.

COLOCCINI NOW HAPPY

Fabricio Coloccini, who came extremely close to leaving Newcastle United last January, has revealed that he is now happy to stay at Tyneside after sorting out his differences with the club.

The Argentine defender was linked with a move back to his home country with San Lorenzo extremely interested in securing his services. The 31-year-old said that he wanted to leave Newcastle because of several personnel problems, but Newcastle were steadfast in their refusal to allow the player to leave on a free transfer.

He was signed by the club for £ 10 million a few years ago and he has become one of the important members of the squad. He is the captain of the club right now, and Newcastle wanted much of the transfer fee they paid for him. San Lorenzo were unable to come up with the fee, which was astronomical for Argentine clubs with their limited resources. Ahead of the opening match of the season against Manchester City, Coloccini has said that he is very much looking forward to the year ahead with Newcastle.

He has said that there was definitely desire to leave Newcastle back in January, but it is all behind him now and he wants to give his best to Newcastle.

"My dream is to play at the top level of football. My family could understand that and that's why I'm here now. My relationship with Newcastle and with the fans was very important in helping me to make my decision. I've supported San Lorenzo since I was small, but I feel something for Newcastle now. It's well known that Pope Francis is a big San Lorenzo fan. He has a season ticket and everything," said Coloccini.

Newcastle recently received an offer for midfielder Yohan Cabaye from Arsenal. He is unlikely to play in the match against City.

Cisse and Newcastle United resolve Wonga dispute

Papiss Demba Cisse and Newcastle United have reached an agreement which will see the Senegalese international striker wear the controversial Wonga logo on the shirt next season despite his religious beliefs against money lending organizations.

Cisse, who is a practicing Muslim like many other players in the Magpies lineup, pulled out of the club’s pre-season training program after informing the club he was not ready to promote a money lending organization. However, with talks between the player and the club going on for over a week, it seems that there has been a resolution and the Senegalese striker is satisfied enough to be available for selection again.

The 28 year old has already been told to return to training with the first team after being told to train on his own as the club jetted off for their pre-season friendly matches. Cisse was not the only player in the Newcastle United team to object to the club’s new sponsors and although he took so long to come round and agree to play for the club with logo on their shirt, the likes of Chieck Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa have already accepted the club’s stance on their new shirt sponsors.

The new sponsorship deal between the club and Wonga was announced last October with the high interest pay day loan company taking over the shirt sponsorship of the Magpies from Virgin Money for a reported £ 8 million a year.

PFA chief Bobby Barnes had sided with Newcastle United in June regarding the issue, admitting the clubs needed to find new ways of generating revenue and he didn’t see anything wrong with them signing with Wonga and now, Cisse has also accepted the stance with the club with having reached a solution with the club after a week of negotiations.

COMEBACK SOON

Fabricio Coloccini has joined the Newcastle United squad and he might be making his comeback at some point of time in April.

Coloccini had returned to Argentina after getting injured in the Premier League match against Southampton. He was trying to make a clearance in that match and in order to do that, he had injured his back severely.

The scan reports later showed that there were a couple of fractures in Coloccini’s back. So, he returned home to rest for a few days. Now, his fitness has improved and he is back to Newcastle again.

A few days before getting injured, Coloccini had said that he wanted to join an Argentinean club. So, when he returned to Argentina after the match against Southampton, there were speculations that he had played his last match for Newcastle and he would never return.
But, Coloccini proved those speculations wrong and returned to the club. He is expected to start light training at some point of time in this week.

In Coloccini’s absence, the French centre back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has got playing opportunities and he has performed quite well.

However, the manager of Newcastle United, Alan Pardew, has made it clear that Coloccini is still his first choice centre back and he is desperately waiting for his return.

Talking to the reporters about the fitness of Coloccini, Pardew said, “We are expecting him to get 100% fit in 2-3 weeks. May be towards the end of this month, he will be back in action.”
“I am glad that he has joined the camp. He is the skipper and a very experienced player as well. So, his presence in the camp is good for us.”

Newcastle’s next match is against Benfica. That will be a Europa League quarterfinal encounter and will be played on Thursday at Estadio da Luz.

CLOSE TO LEAVING

The captain of Newcastle United, Fabricio Coloccini, has disclosed that he was on the verge of leaving the club last month because of some personal issues, but, those issues are now sorted out and he will continue playing for Newcastle till the end of this season.

When asked whether he wanted to take a transfer during the mid season transfer window, Coloccini said, “Yes, I wanted to leave because of some personal problems. Those problems were not related to my wages. Those were about something else. But, all my problems have been solved now and I will carry on playing for Newcastle for the remaining of the season.”

“Returning to Argentina is still a possibility, but, I will decide about it at the end of the season. I don’t want to think about these things in the middle of the season.”

“Staying away from home is not easy. I have been doing this since the last 13 years, but, now, I want to return to Argentina. Let’s see what happens at the end of the season.”

The Argentinean club San Lorenzo had shown interest in Coloccini during the mid season transfer window. When asked about that, Coloccini said, “I have been a San Lorenzo fan since a long time. So, it’s nice that they wanted to have my services. As I said, I will give it a thought, but, after the completion of the ongoing season.”

Coloccini has been a part of the Newcastle squad since the last 4 and half years. He had signed for Newcastle in August 2008 after leaving Deportivo La Coruna. He has made 158 appearances for Newcastle United so far and has found the back of the net four times.
In the ongoing season, Coloccini has featured for Newcastle United in 22 matches.

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