Newcastle transfer boost… Key first-team star ‘wants to stay’

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has dismissed claims that defender Fabricio Coloccini is looking to leave the club and link up with former coach Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.

Reports have claimed that the Argentine centre-back has emerged as a major target for the former Magpies boss, who worked with ‘Colo’ during his time in the North East.

Transfer speculation is nothing new in regard to the 33-year-old, who was heavily linked with a return to his homeland in 2013 – albeit he did eventually opt to stay put.

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And it seems that he has once again committed himself to the black and white side, with McClaren having confirmed that Coloccini has told him that he’s looking to stay put and see out his career at St James’ Park:

“He has a year left on his contract and Newcastle has always been his preferred choice,” he is quoted by the Daily Star.

“I know there has been a lot of speculation, but my indication is that he wants to stay here and take the club forward.

“He is coming towards the end of his career and he wants to finish it here. I said great, that will do me.

“Those are the kind of words I like to hear. Lets just get him on the field of play now.”

The experienced enforcer endured a difficult start to his Newcastle career upon his arrival from Deportivo La Coruna back in 2008, but won over many fans after helping the club to bounce back into the Premier League following their relegation to the Championship in 2009.