Gutierrez urges Liverpool target Coloccini to stay


Jonas Gutierrez has urged Fabricio Coloccini to stay at Newcastle, amid reported interest in his signature from Liverpool.

Magpies skipper Coloccini has been one of the star turns for Alan Pardew's side this season as they mount a genuine threat to qualify for European football next term.

Coloccini, however, is out of contract at the end of next season and has yet to agree a new deal to extend his stay at St James' Park.

Liverpool have reportedly keeping tabs on the 30-year-old, and had been linked with a January attempt to bring him to Anfield.

Gutierrez, though, is desperate to see his compatriot stay with Newcastle, and believes it is the ideal place for him to continue his career.

“I am so glad that he is here with our club and yes, of course I would like him to stay and I said that to him," he said, according to the Sunday Sun.

“But all of the players are having a great season. It is not just about him – we’re all having a good season.

“That is what this season is all about.”

Coloccini signed for Newcastle from Deportivo La Coruña in the summer of 2008 for a fee rising to £10.3 million and, after a slow start to his time on Tyneside, has established himself as a vital influence at St James' Park.

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