Newcastle’s Coloccini plans party for fans

BATTLE ... West Ham's Andy Carroll, left, challenges Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini.
BATTLE ... West Ham's Andy Carroll, left, challenges Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini.

FABRICIO Coloccini’s determined that Newcastle United fans can have their own party on the final day of the season.

Coloccini – who will lead Newcastle out against Arsenal at St James’s Park on Sunday – hosted a dinner party for his team-mates earlier this week.

And the event trended worldwide on social networking site Twitter after Sammy Ameobi posted pictures of the gathering on the internet.

Coloccini – who has skippered Alan Pardew’s side for the past two seasons – could leave Newcastle in the summer.

The 31-year-old is keen to return to his native Argentina for family reasons, and he will hold talks with United’s hierarchy at the end of the campaign.

For the moment, all Coloccini – whose return from injury has proved timely – is focused on is taking three points from Arsenal.

“It (the captaincy) means a lot to me,” Coloccini said.

“I don’t count how many cups I have won at the club – I just try to watch and play in the next game.”

Coloccini’s leadership proved crucial at QPR and West Ham United, with the four points Newcastle took from the two away games having secured the club’s Premier League status with a game to spare.

The Argentina international has spent the past five years at St James’s Park.

Coloccini, signed from Deportivo La Coruna for £10m in the summer of 2008, struggled in his first season in English football.

He went on to establish himself as one of the best centre-halves in the country.

And Coloccini believes United’s January arrivals will mature as they get used to the demands of the Premier League.

“It’s normal – the same happened with me in the first year,” he said.

“It was pretty difficult, but I think the players that came in are doing very well.

“The game is here is quicker, but next year will be better for them.”