New Newcastle skipper is bursting with pride

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Fabricio Coloccini has quashed rumours that he is considering leaving Newcastle this summer, saying the captaincy is a ‘present’ which has reinforced his commitment to the club.

Yesterday Coloccini expressed his delight at being announced Toon skipper for the season ahead. The 29-year-old was chosen ahead of more experienced members in the squad, including Joey Barton.

And though rumours have connected the star with a possible move to Seville, the Argentina international insists his future lies with Newcastle for the long term. “I do not want to leave Newcastle after that [being chosen as captain],” Coloccini said.

“My agent spoke to me earlier in the summer and told me that there were maybe some clubs that were interested in me – but I am very happy here.

“It was a big surprise to get the captaincy but it is also a big present. The club has a lot of leaders and I am sure the manager could have chosen any of them to be captain.”

Coloccini also insists that England is now his home, and he will not leave for an overseas club. “I love the Premier League and I love playing for this football club," he added. "I always wanted to stay because leaving this summer never entered my mind.

“Being a captain in England is different. It is a much bigger responsibility and I am ready for that. In other countries, the captain is not really any different to the other players at the club. But in England, they have a different role.

“The fans and the press give the captain more importance and you are seen as a much more of a figurehead for the club.”

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