Alan Pardew hopes Fabricio Coloccini extends stay

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew wants defender Fabricio Coloccini to remain at the club beyond the end of the current season.

Alan Pardew has said that he would like Fabricio Coloccini to stay at Newcastle United beyond the end of the current Premier League season.

The Argentinian had expressed an interest to return to South America earlier this year, but the club refused to let him leave.

When asked about the 31-year-old at his pre-match press conference, the manager said: "I don't know how to put that into words, really. He is very, very important, a very steady, calming influence.

"Last year when he wasn't playing, there was something missing from the team. That's why it's so important that he stayed, and hopefully he will stay for a lot longer than this year as well."

The Magpies travel to Everton on Monday.

Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Aston Villa on September 14, 2013
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