Tuesday, 29th January, 2013

Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini has given Newcastle a boost by revealing that he is staying at the club and is determined to give his all.

Coloccini has suffered personal problems which brought a return to his native Argentina onto the agenda but, after talks with the club, he has agreed to stay at St. James’ Park until at least the end of the season.

And with the Magpies battling to stay in the Premier League, this is a big boost for the side ahead of this evening’s key clash against fellow strugglers Aston Villa.

"The last few weeks there has been a lot of talk about my future", Coloccini told his club’s official site.


"But I am staying here. And of course I will give 100 per cent like I always do", he continued.

"I have been here five years and Newcastle has given me a lot and done a lot for me. I have to be true to the club. I will give 100 per cent.

"I love football and once I am on the pitch it is different. The problems I have are outside the pitch."

The defender, who joined Newcastle from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna in 2008, further stressed that he has done his best to separate his football from his personal problems and will continue to do so.

"This is my work and my job and I have to separate my job and my life. Everybody in life has problems and it is normal. That is life.

"I am alone here with my family. We don’t have grandparents here or uncles and aunties.

"It does make it difficult. Not for me personally, because I come to work everyday, but for my kids and wife."

It remains to be seen just how much longer Coloccini will be at Newcastle, but the defender’s commitment to the cause this season should help Alan Pardew’s men.

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