Coloccini willing to commit
Gutierrez believes fellow Argentine would be willing to pen new deal
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: September 28, 2011 1:19pm
Coloccini: Could be the next man to agree fresh terms at Newcastle
Jonas Gutierrez claims fellow Argentine Fabricio Coloccini would be happy to follow his lead and sign a contract extension at Newcastle.
Gutierrez has penned a new four-year deal with the Magpies, committing his long-term future to the club.
It is claimed that Coloccini could be next to sign on, with fresh terms set to be discussed.
The Newcastle skipper still has two years left to run on his current deal, but talks are planned.
The South American has made his affection for the club clear in the past and Gutierrez believes he would not need much convincing to prolong his stay.
He told the Evening Chronicle: "Colo and I love life at Newcastle and want to spend our best years here.
"Since Newcastle returned to the Premier League, Colo has been in great form. This wasn't a surprise for me because I played against him many times in La Liga when he was at Depor and I was at Real Mallorca.
"He is a very important player for us. He is doing really well as captain and he has a big experience of playing in first-class matches."
Gutierrez has helped Newcastle get off to a flying start in the 2011/12 campaign, with Alan Pardew's side yet to taste defeat.
The Argentina international is taking nothing for granted, though, and insists he has embraced the added competition for places that now exists at St James' Park.
He said: "It's okay, I never care about competition for place, it is good for football.
"Everywhere I have played I have done so with competition. I always do my best, and competition is also good for other players.
"I have the opportunity to do my best from the start of the season. I hope that I am prepared for that but we must find good results as well."