Newcastle remain hopeful that ‘essential’ defender Fabio Coloccini will stay at St James’ Park, according to the Daily Mirror.

Doubts over the Argentine defender’s Newcastle future have persisted since he tried to engineer a move back home last year, with San Lorenzo keen to complete the signing.

However, Pardew insists the centre back remains a key part of his plans, and hopes he will see out the final two years of his contract.

Pardew, whose side entertain Everton on Tuesday, said: “I’m not worried about it at this stage, but obviously it is a conversation that I will have with Colo and we will pick the right decision for the club.

“What might be right for him might not be right for the club, but I am hoping we both make the same decision because I want him to stay. He is an essential part of this team, one of my most important players.

“I don’t see anything to give me cause for alarm, if I am honest. His mentality for the game will never change.

“He is quite calm. He enters the game to be the best player – and most of the time he is.”

 

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