Coloccini - Keep our stars

Argentina international wants to build on last season's success

Fabricio Coloccini: Newcastle captain wants to be at the club next season

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Newcastle linchpin Fabricio Coloccini has urged the club's hierarchy not to sell their best players this summer.

Alan Pardew's side finished fifth after an excellent campaign in which some of their unheralded players became household names.

Papiss Cisse, Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa are now reportedly high on the wish list of some of the Premier League's biggest clubs.

Together

However, far from seeing the club stripped of their best assets - Coloccini wants to see new additions to their squad.

"Of course I would like the team to stay together," he told The Journal.

"I think the most important thing is to keep the spine of this team together, then hopefully we will bring in some players to help us.

"It is very important that we keep that backbone for Europe next season. And of course having some new players would be very welcome."

Speculation

The Argentina international signed a new long-term deal at the club in January to quash speculation about his future.

With summer on the horizon the Toon captain accepts speculation could surface again, but he maintains he is happy at the club.

He added: "There is always speculation in the summer but it will be nice for it not to be about me this time.

"It happens when the transfer window is open. Sometimes because there is no football to talk about, people just want to talk about transfers when there is nothing there.

"It is football, it happens but I have always said I'm happy at Newcastle United."