Last Updated: Tue, 21 May 2013 06:36
Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini has given his clearest indication yet that he could be ready to stay at St James' Park.
Coloccini looked to be heading for the exit door in January after telling club officials that he wanted to return to his homeland but boss Alan Pardew convinced him to stay.
The defender has also struggled on the injury front but returned to play in the final three games of the season as Newcastle fought off the threat of relegation.
It was thought Coloccini would again ask to leave in the summer, but by the way he is talking, it looks as though he is planning to stay on Tyneside for at least another season.
"It was disappointing to lose, of course, but they were fighting for the Champions League while we didn't play for anything, just trying to get three points for the fans," Coloccini told the club's official website after the Arsenal game.
"But I think Sunday was a very good game because maybe we showed that we can fight against the big teams. We have to prepare for next season and play like we did on Sunday: to be compact and aggressive.
"I think next season, if the team play like that, we can be higher in the table."
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