Newcastle United’s Coloccini puts future plans on backburner

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FABRICIO Coloccini says he won’t think about his Newcastle United future until the final ball as been kicked this season.

Coloccini has been linked with a return to his native Argentina in the last three transfer windows.

But Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is desperate to hold on to his captain this summer, when he will have two years left on his contract.

The 32-year-old plans to talk to Pardew – who this week insisted he was “not worried” about Coloccini’s situation – at the end of his sixth campaign at St James’s Park.

For the moment, Coloccini is just focused on matters on the field, with eighth-placed Newcastle preparing for Saturday’s Premier League trip to ninth-top Southampton.

“I think we have to think about the seven games, and then start to think about other things,” Coloccini said.

“But I have a contract here for a long time, and that is all I can say.

“We have to improve for next season and take as many points as possible.”

The Magpies aim to bounce back after being beaten 3-0 by Everton on Tuesday.

“We played better in the first half,” said Coloccini. “We had chances, but against good teams, when you miss chances, it’s difficult.

“It’s not just because Loic (Remy) is out. The team isn’t creating too much.

“There are things the team has to improve on, and we have to think about Southampton now.”

H Defender Remie Streete scored from close range on 49 minutes to give Newcastle’s Under-21s a hard-fought 1-0 win over Manchester United in front of a 225 crowd at Whitley Park last night.

 Fifteen-year-old keeper Paul Woolston had a debut to remember, pushing an Andreas Pereira free-kick on to the bar to seal his clean sheet.

NEWCASTLE: Woolston, Sterry, Williams (Mbabu 87), Bigirimana, Streete (McKinnon 61), Satka, Gilliead, Kemen (Olley 48), Roberts, Smith, Aarons.