Exclusive: I'll Be Fab For Toon
Written by Newcastle Utd
Argentina star speaks exclusively to nufc.co.uk as he becomes record defensive signing
By Craig Hope
NEWCASTLE United new boy Fabricio Coloccini has revealed his delight after putting the finishing touches to what he calls a "dream" move to the Magpies.
The 26-year-old, who will wear the No.2 shirt, became the most expensive defender in the club's history this week as he penned a five-year deal at St.James' Park.
The former Deportivo La Coruna ace joins at least one familiar face on Tyneside with Argentina team-mate Jonas Gutierrez having also swapped La Liga for the Premier League this summer.
And it was Jonas who acted as a willing interpreter when Fabricio spoke exclusively to nufc.co.uk following the completion of his transfer.
"I'm very excited to be here and it is a dream to play for such a big club in the Premier League," said the 27-times capped star.
"I have known about Newcastle's interest for a while and I wanted to sign because it is a club I know all about from my time watching English football in Spain and Argentina."
And, when asked what type of player the fans can expect to see, Fabricio had this message for the Toon Army: "I'm a defender who will always try my best for the team.
"I think I am a good technical player and I will be suited to the speed and physical side of the game in England.
"I am also still fit because I was doing pre-season training with Deportivo and I can't wait to get started."
Former Real Mallorca winger Gutierrez has quickly emerged as something of a favourite among the Gallowgate faithful, and Coloccini says he has already been given the lowdown on life in Geordieland by his fellow countryman.
"Jonas has only been here a little while but he told me that we have very good supporters and an incredible stadium," said the centre-back who did not miss a single minute of league action for Depor last season.
"Playing at St.James' Park, in front of those fans, is something I cannot wait to do."
And when finally pressed if the Argentinean duo would be as successful as counterparts Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa during their time at Spurs, the pair laughed before quipping: "We hope so!"