Coloccini happy with Magpies

Skipper pleased compatriot Gutierrez signed a new contract

Coloccini: Happy at Newcastle and is pleased with the team's start to the Premier League season

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Fabricio Coloccini insists he is very happy at Newcastle United and is keeping an open mind regarding a new contract at St James' Park.

The Magpies captain's team-mate, and fellow Argentine, Jonas Gutierrez last week pledged his future to the club by signing a new four-year contract.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is keen for Coloccini, who has two years left on his present deal, to follow suit and agree an extension.

Asked about his future, the in-form central defender told The Journal: "I'm very happy here, so we will see what happens.

"It was important for Jonas to get his new deal too. Then he scored against Wolves, so it was a good week for him."

Fantastic spirit

Coloccini has recovered from a tough start on Tyneside to establish himself as something of a cult hero, and his appointment as captain following Kevin Nolan's summer departure for West Ham appears to have brought even more out of him.

The Magpies headed into the break for international matches sitting proudly in fourth place in the Premier League table, however, Coloccini knows there could be bigger tests ahead.

He said: "We are happy because we are working well and things are coming right for us.

"The team spirit is different to last season. When you start well, everything is good, everyone is happy. It's different.

"We will find out more when we have some bad times. But now the spirit is fantastic.

"We have some good people in the changing room and I think that's the key for us to keep winning and playing well."