With Crystal Palace having been consistently linked to a deal for Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini over the summer, many had assumed that the man himself was keen on a move to the capital, but according to the Argentine’s new boss Steve McClaren, he wants to finish his career at St James’ Park.
Now 33, Coloccini has been with the Magpies for seven years, and despite many Geordies suggesting that he is in fact well past his prime, it seems that his manager is pleased to hear that he would like to remain on Tyneside for the foreseeable future.
Speaking to the press about the speculation surrounding the defender, McClaren said:
I’ve spoken to him several times.
He’s been seven years at Newcastle. He’s coming to the end of his career, and he wants to finish it here. I’ve said ‘great – that’ll do me’, because they’re words I like to hear.
The link with Coloccini has split the opinion of Palace fans from the moment the rumours began, with the inevitable concerns over his age and poor performances last season having been weighed off by supporters who have referenced the experience and composure he would bring to the back four, if he settled quickly in SE25.
Whilst there are undoubtedly valid points on both sides of the debate, it does seem a little strange to see the club consistently tied to a bid for a player who is likely to have one or two years at most left in the Premier League, rather than a younger man who could potentially partner Scott Dann for five years or more at the heart of our defence.
Hopefully, this is the last we will hear of the story, given the categorical nature of the Newcastle boss’ comments.