Coloccini committed to Newcastle cause

STAYING ... Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini.
STAYING ... Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini.

ALAN Pardew’s backing his captain Fabricio Coloccini to spell out his commitment to Newcastle United tonight – after his open letter to suitors San Lorenzo was lost in translation.

Coloccini will lead Pardew’s side out at Villa Park after agreeing to stay at St James’s Park.

The defender had asked to leave Tyneside and return to his native Argentina in this month’s transfer window because of what he described as a “personal situation”.

But the 31-year-old defender agreed to stay on, until at least the summer, after protracted talks with the club’s hierarchy last week.

In a letter to San Lorenzo, Coloccini talked of his “disappointment” at the outcome of the discussions.

“I think Colo’s reaction is understandable, but I think the letter he wrote got misinterpreted,” Pardew told SportMail.

“Language does. Sometimes the words are the same, but the meaning is different.

“I know that because my wife’s Swedish, and I know some French.”

However, Pardew doesn’t think his frustration will be evident against Aston Villa – or over the coming weeks and months – as the club battles to stay in the Premier League.

Coloccini is one of four survivors from United’s last relegation, with the club’s fate, ironically, having been decided at Villa Park.

And Pardew’s banking on a big performance from the Argentina international, whose form has fallen short of his own high standards this season.

“I think he’s the type of person who wants to show on the pitch how committed he is, rather than words,” added Pardew.

“He’s shown that he’s committed. And he needs to show that on the pitch. I’m sure he will.”

Coloccini has rarely spoken to the media this season, but Pardew now expects him, as skipper, to talk more frequently with questions over his future, for now, having been answered.

“I think that was understandable in the situation he was in,” said Pardew, who handed Coloccini the captain’s armband in the summer of 2011.