FABRICIO Coloccini says he won’t think about his Newcastle United future until the final ball as been kicked this season.
Coloccini has been linked with a return to his native Argentina in the last three transfer windows.
And Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is desperate to hold on to his captain this summer, when he will have two years left on his St James’s Park contract.
The 32-year-old, pictured, plans to talk to Pardew – who this week insisted he was “not worried” about Coloccini’s situation – at the end of his sixth campaign at the club.
For the moment, Coloccini is just focused on matters on the field, with eighth-placed Newcastle preparing for Saturday’s Premier League game against Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium.
“I think we have to think about the seven games, and then start to think about other things,” Coloccini told the Gazette. “But I have a contract here for a long time, and that is all I can say.
“We have to improve for next season and take as many points as possible.”
United, without injured leading scorer Loic Remy, were disappointingly beaten 3-0 at home by Everton on Tuesday night.
Newcastle created a number of early chances, but couldn’t find the net, and Roberto Martinez’s side didn’t look back after taking the lead midway through the first half through a sensational, but poorly-defended, Ross Barkley goal.
“I think we played better in the first half,” said Coloccini. “We had chances, but against good teams, when you miss chances, it’s difficult.
“It’s not just because Loic is out. The team isn’t creating too much.
“There are things the team has to improve on, and we have to think about Southampton now.”