London: Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini delighted new manager Steve McClaren by extending his contract to the end of the 2016-17 season on Thursday.
"From day one at the club, Fabricio has been a stand-out character and I`m delighted we have secured his future with us," McClaren told the club`s website (www.nufc.co.uk).
"He is a leader, hugely respected throughout the club and a top-class player on top of that."
"I have been here for seven years and I love this club, I feel part of the family at Newcastle United," said Argentina international Coloccini, who had been linked with a move to rejoin former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.
Sunday`s game at home to Southampton will be McClaren`s first as a Premier League manager since 2006, when he took over as manager of England for an unsuccessful spell lasting less than two years.
"I`ll be nervous," he said. "If you don`t have those nerves and expectancy then it`s time to pack it in.
"We mean business, irrespective of what happens on Sunday. We`ve stated that from day one."
With an eye further in the future, the club has also signed 19 year-old Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney.