Steven Taylor hoping Newcastle skipper stays on

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Newcastle United's Steven Taylor is desperate for captain Fabricio Coloccini to remain with the club.

Coloccini had initially wanted to return to Argentina in January for personal reasons, despite having three years left on his St James' Park contract.

Alan Pardew convinced his skipper to stay for at least the rest of the season, and Taylor is hopeful Coloccini can again be persuaded to stay on.

Former England U21 star Taylor told the Chronicle Live: "The lads love playing with Colo and we all hope he stays. He's a very quiet guy, but when he speaks, he speaks very well."

Coloccini experienced a shaky start to his career in the North East, but has since gone on to prove himself as one of the Toon's most consistent performers.

He was awarded the captaincy at the start of the 2011/12 campaign and his performances earned him a place in the PFA Team of the Year. 

Taylor hopes his partnership with the Argentine can continue beyond the summer, and that he, and the rest of the Magpies squad, can continue to learn from their inspirational captain.

"We have a good understanding. We know each other's strengths and weaknesses. I've got a fantastic partnership with him and hopefully that will continue," he added.

"He's been a great guy in training. You can learn a lot from him. He's very composed, and he's not shy of a tackle as well."

San Lorenzo remain keen to bring in Coloccini, but with plenty of time left on his contract, Pardew will be reluctant to let him leave Tyneside.

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