Forget Neville and Carragher. Fabricio Coloccini will play it his way for Newcastle United

THERE'S NOTHING WONGA WITH THE SKIPPER: Fabricio Coloccini in the new silver away kit
THERE'S NOTHING WONGA WITH THE SKIPPER: Fabricio Coloccini in the new silver away kit
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FABRICIO Coloccini says he will keep on letting his feet to the talking for Newcastle United.

Coloccini, who reaffirmed his commitment to the Magpies late last season, says he will say what’s needed to be said at the “right time”.

It is his reaction to Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville who said Coloccini and central defensive partner Mike Williamson had been playing “on mute”.

Neville and his colleague Jamie Carragher highlighted what they felt was a lack of communication between the pair.

But the 32-year-old – who not selected by Argentina for the World Cup after an injury-hit campaign – won’t change his measured style.

“It’s a big responsibility to be captain,” Coloccini told SportMail. “I love that – it’s a good thing.

“It’s not too much about speaking or shouting. It’s about saying the right things in the right way to go forward.”

Neville and Carragher were critical of United’s back four against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and much of their analysis was focused on Coloccini and Williamson.

“On TV they can say many things, but they are not on the pitch,” added Coloccini.

“Maybe the ball is at the other side and I’m not in camera shot. It’s OK. It’s football.

“A lot of people can speak and a lot of people think they can be the manager.”

Coloccini put an end to 18 months of speculation last month in an interview with SportMail in which he claimed he was no longer looking to return to Argentina.

“I had personal problems,” said Coloccini. “Sometimes it’s tough. You have to decide between the problems and the work.

“Sometimes it’s too difficult. Now it’s finished and next season I will be here.

“I’m looking forward to improving. We want the best for Newcastle United.”

Meanwhile, Hatem Ben Arfa is NOT set for a big-money move to a Qatari club, according to his agent.

The forward is expected to leave Newcastle United this summer after falling out of favour with boss Alan Pardew in the latter weeks of last season.

And it had been reported that the 27-year-old was set for a move to the Middle East.

But Michael Ouazine, his representative, has dismissed speculation linking him with a switch to Lekhwiya.

“This is false,” Ouazine told L’Equipe. “He has one year left on his Newcastle contract and intends to continue to play in Europe.”