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Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren is delighted that Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini has signed a new one-year deal with the club.
The 33-year-old will now remain at St James' Park until the end of the 2016/17 season. The Argentinean defender also has the option of extending his contract for a further year.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Newcastle Head Coach McClaren, said:
It was an easy decision in the end to sit him down and extend his contract and hopefully [he will] finish his career at Newcastle United Football Club.
Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren is giving a press conference at St James Park.
Unsurprisingly, the club's new signings Gini Wijnaldum, Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic are on the agenda. When asked which would excite fans most, McClaren replied "all of them".
McClaren also discussed his team choices for the team's game against Southampton on Sunday.
ITV Tyne Tees' Phil Roscoe is providing updates from the conference.
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Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is aiming to score the goals to help brings success to the club.
The 20-year-old Serbia international joined the Magpies from Belgian side Anderlecht on a five-year deal for a fee of around £13 million this summer.
Mitrovic could make his Premier League debut when Newcastle host Southampton in their opening game of the new season on Sunday.
Simon Smith has been appointed as Newcastle United's new goalkeeping coach, a role he previously held from 1999 - 2004.
The 52-year-old was most recently employed by the Football Association as the goalkeeping coach for England's youth development teams.
He replaces Andy Woodman who left the Magpies last week.
Borussia Monchengladbach have arrived in Newcastle ahead of their pre-season friendly match against Newcastle United.
The German side face the Magpies at St James' Park on Saturday 1 August.
The club posted a picture of the team arriving in Newcastle on Twitter:
Borussa Monchengladbach have departed Germany and are on their way to the North East for a pre-season friendly against Newcastle United.
The Bundesliga club face the Magpies at St James' Park on Saturday 1 August. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 3pm.
The club posted a video showing their departure at the airport on twitter:
20-year-old Chancel Mbemba has become Newcastle United's third summer signing, after completing the switch from Anderlecht.The DR Congo international defender has agreed a five-year deal on Tyneside.
The club announced the signing after receiving a Governing Body Endoresment for the player at an FA hearing held earlier today. The player is now required to apply for his visa overseas before he is able to rejoin his new teammates in Newcastle next week.
"I'm very, very happy to be here. This is the biggest league in the world and I'm very proud to wear the shirt for this team and play in this league.
“I'm going to do everything I can to help make the supporters happy, to help out my team-mates and to bring something extra to the team.
"I know the team very well. I've watched the Premier League and I know this is a massive team with big players and with a great coach.
“I've come here to Newcastle United because it's a very good move in my career to play for such a famous club. I am excited for the season ahead."
"We are delighted that Chancel is now a Newcastle United player after it took a little longer than we had hoped.
“He is a proven performer at the highest level, he’s powerful, combative and will add quality to our defence. He also has an eye for goal which is an extra asset for us.
"We'll get him integrated into the squad quickly once he's with us. Unfortunately due to the time it takes to process the visa application that won’t be in time for our final friendly on Saturday, but our focus will be to make sure he will be ready and available as soon as possible.
"I'm sure our supporters will take to him very quickly, he's the sort of player fans will enjoy watching."
Born in Kinshasa, Mbemba played youth football for a number of local sides in his homeland before joining Belgian giants Anderlecht in 2011.
After rising through the ranks at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, he became a first-team regular and played a key role in Anderlecht being crowned Belgian Pro League champions in 2014, as well as lifting back-to-back Belgian Super Cups in 2013 and 2014.
He played in all six of Anderlecht’s group stage games in the Champions League last season, scoring both goals in their 2-0 home win over Galatasaray in November 2014.
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