In an interview with Fox Sports conducted in Spanish when he was on duty with the Argentinian national side in Sweden, Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini gave more insight into his plan to escape from Newcastle United and return to his home country.
Carefully selected excerpts of his thoughts have been translated and published on English sites here and there. However, as there didn’t seem to be a transcript of the whole part relating to his current Toon – San Lorenzo imbroglio, I thought I’d have a bash myself, and the results are below. I also translated his previous Coloccini’s open letter to San Lorenzo on the same issue some time ago.
Interviewer: “What happened? Why didn’t you play in San Lorenzo and why did you stay in Newcastle?”
Coloccini: “Let me be clear that there are many versions, some of which were lies and some which were right to some extent. At the moment you know that I had spoken with people from Newcastle to go back to Argentina for personal motives, all San Lorenzo did was open their doors and give me all the support I could get, beyond playing or not playing for San Lorenzo. Of course I said that if I could dissociate myself from Newcastle they wanted me to play there, and the illusion was mine too because I’m a fan. But hey, I was not going to untie myself from Newcastle because I wanted to go to San Lorenzo. There was nothing I could do … The issue was that I wanted to return to Argentina for “x” reasons and well, after San Lorenzo emerged it became part of the story of San Lorenzo.”
Interviewer: “What, you owed money? Because that was put in place in Argentina. That you wanted to go and that was the way to pay the debt that they had with you.”
Coloccini: “No, not at all. In Newcastle they have treated me in an excellent way. I am grateful to this day to the people, the fans, the club also. The only situation was that I needed to return to Argentina for personal reasons. Then, as I said in the letter, many things were out of my hands. Newcastle fought for their interests and they had the last word. The situation is not something that was intended… Not that there was a strategy to return to San Lorenzo… Nothing could be done…”
Interviewer: “You didn’t have to renew your contract in October…”
Coloccini: “Firstly, it would not have been possible not to renew my contract. Secondly, I had found my home to live in Newcastle to be with my family. So I had already prepared everything to spend the 4 years I have left in Newcastle. After these problems arose and I decided to talk to the club to ask them to please let me go, I needed to be in Argentina and all hell broke loose.”
Interviewer: “So we have to wait a few months to open the book again. It will be a new chapter…
Coloccini: “If. The truth is that I am not thinking about it, what comes in May and June, because I want to focus squarely on Newcastle. I think I owe them for the way they have treated me in the last five years and I want to give ny best on the pitch. And then, well, we’ll see later. The idea of returning to Argentina remains because I need to.”
Interviewer: “Many fans were hoping for your return,.. What messages do you have for them all?”
Coloccini: “It’s hard because I cannot speak as a fan and as someone who is inside the club. The message is the same as we are all fans of San Lorenzo and we should support the team and get the maximum points possible. I hope we start well and put up a good fight for what we all love, which is the Championship. Well, today there has been much talk of winning the Championship, but first I’d like to win the necessary points (for Newcastle to avoid relegation I presume – wt) and then fight another fight, whatever comes.” (Ba’s hooter? – wt).
And there it is. It seems that he’s still unwilling to be pinned down and give a categoric answer one way or the other. But meanwhile, mouth almighty, Pardew, had this to say on the mess:
“Coloccini is going to stay with us and will remain as captain, which is fantastic news for us. We have managed to persuade him that, as much as his family, we need him. He has shown fantastic loyalty to come and play and see us through to the summer at the very least.”
Who knows? Perhaps his personal circumstances will change between now and the Summer, perhaps they won’t – We shall see in the fullness of time.