Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has stated that negotiations over a new contract for captain Fabricio Coloccini are underway, but fears bigger clubs may try to tempt the defender away from St James’ Park.
The Argentina international has had a commanding start to the Premier League season, and is a key reason for the Tyneside’s run of eight games without a defeat.
With the South American’s current deal expiring in June 2013, Pardew is keen to extend the centre half’s stay at the club.
“I have got to be honest, I think we are okay, that’s about the only sign I can give you,” he told Sky Sports.
“You have got two parties here, you have got a club offering a contract to Colo, but really it’s about Colo. If he agrees to the contract, then all’s well and good.
“It’s difficult because his agent is Argentina-based and doesn’t have particularly great English either, so we are waiting for him to come back across, and we think we can get the deal done,” he admitted.
With Coloccini impressing at the heart of the Geordies rearguard, Pardew is concerned that other Premier League rivals may try to tempt the defender to leave the club.
“If he takes the shine of Alex Ferguson or [Roberto] Mancini, then we will have a problem.
“But the more success we have, the more chances we have got of the player actually saying ‘I’ll stay’.
“The financial position we are starting to get ourselves into gives us a chance to maybe compete a little bit stronger for those players who are threatened.
“That’s why this season is very, very important. At football clubs, when you get the feeling we have at the moment, if we can keep that, then we are going to have a successful year, I don’t doubt it,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight