Newcastle: Coloccini pledges Toon future

Fabricio Coloccini Newcastle defender

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Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini has dismissed speculation suggesting he wants to leave and has reaffirmed his commitment to the Magpies.

The Argentina ace asked to leave St James’ Park almost 12 months so he could return to his homeland for family reasons, but boss Alan Pardew convinced him to stay.

Fresh reports have surfaced suggesting the defender is again angling for a move to San Lorenzo, something which has been denied by the player.

Coloccini claims old quotes have been dragged up by the press in Argentina and says he is 100 per cent committed to the club.

“The press sometimes say things I said months ago, not now,” he said.

“I respect the fans. When I go on to the pitch, I always give 100 per cent for this shirt because they give me lots of love, and I have to say thank you.”

Speculation will continue to rumble on with the January transfer window just around the corner but it is unlikely that San Lorenzo would even have the funds to tempt Newcastle to sell.

Newcastle paid Deportivo La Coruna £10.3million for the defender back in 2008 and will want significantly more than that as he still has over two years running on his current contract.

Coloccini’s future may be resolved at the end of the season but Pardew is unlikely to sanction a move when the window re-opens next month.

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