FABRICIO Coloccini has insisted that he remains “100 per cent” committed to Newcastle United.
Coloccini was quoted in his native Argentina last month saying he wanted to join San Lorenzo, the club which tried and failed to sign him in last January, and again in the summer.
And the interview led to renewed speculation that Coloccini was unsettled on Tyneside, his home for the past five and a half years.
But the Newcastle captain – who will lead the team out against Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow (12.45pm kick-off) – has moved to reassure supporters that he still sees his future as being at St James’s Park.
And Coloccini has suggested the interview was given some time ago, labelling it “old news”.
“It’s nothing – it’s old news,” Coloccini said. “The Press sometimes say things I said months ago, not now.”
“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.”
Coloccini is desperate to lead the Magpies to victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in 41 years.
With the hosts going through a transition phase under new manager David Moyes – his former club Everton won at Old Trafford on Wednesday – Coloccini feels Newcastle could pull off what would be a famous result.
“We’ve had a few draws there, and we’ve played well there,” Coloccini said.
“We have confidence. We have to keep going. We’ve been playing well, and we have to try to get more wins.
“They need the points as well as they lost.
“I hope it will be a nice game. Always when you play at Old Trafford, it’s a special game.”
Coloccini is now fully fit after recovering from the groin injury which sidelined him for six weeks, and the influential defender is confident he will soon be back to his commanding best.
“I’ve played twice in a week – I felt OK,” he said.
Swansea brought an end to Newcastle’s four-game winning streak on Wednesday – Michael Laudrup’s side won 3-0 – at the Liberty Stadium.
And Coloccini has admitted the black and whites were the architects of their own downfall.
“We didn’t play very well,” he said. “They’re a good side, and played well. They played good football. I think they had a good game and kept the ball.
“If we don’t have the ball, we can’t threaten.
“It’s difficult when you’re running without the ball. You get tired, and that’’s when they made the difference.”