FABRICIO Coloccini has insisted he remains 100 per cent committed to the Newcastle United cause.
Coloccini’s commitment over the past 18 months has been questioned by some fans.
Newcastle influential captain wanted to join San Lorenzo in his native Argentina in January last year.
Coloccini, under contract at St James’s Park until the summer of 2016, stayed on Tyneside after discussions with manager Alan Pardew and the club’s hierarchy.
However, the 32-year-old has been troubled by injury since then, and he has struggled for form, in common with many of his team-mates, during a difficult few months on the pitch.
This has led some supporters to question whether his focus has been affected by the pull of a move to his homeland after 15 years in Europe.
Coloccini will hold more talks with Pardew at the end of the season.
In the meantime, Coloccini insists he remains fully focused on leading Newcastle – who will looking to end a four-game losing streak when they entertain Swansea City at St James’s Park tomorrow – out of a “bad period”.
Asked if his commitment to the cause had waned, Coloccini insisted: “Of course I am (committed).
“We are professional. When we are on the pitch, we try – always – to win the games.
“It’s a bad period. Sometimes it’s difficult. The thing is to be together and push the same way to come out of this period.”
Coloccini led a dressing-room inquest into the club’s on-the-field problems after last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Stoke.
His unhappiness if with recent performances was evident after the match when talked about the need for the players to “respect” the shirt.
The Argentina international has previously admitted he prefers to do his talking on the pitch.
And it remains to be seen whether the home truths told at the Britannia Stadium translate to into an upturn in fortunes in the last four games of the season.
Asked if felt a weight of responsibility, as skipper, for the Magpies’ plight, Coloccini said: “When the team is going well, it’s the same.
“We have to push everyone the same way. We have to finish in the best position possible, and then look forward.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle’s final Under-21 Premier League game of the season against Arsenal on April 25 will be played behind closed doors at the club’s Benton training ground (1pm kick-off).
United take on Blyth Spartans at St James’s Park on Tuesday night in the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup (7pm).