Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini is delighted to see squad being kept together.

The likes of Demba Ba, Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye have been linked with moves away this summer.

"The good players we have are still here. That is very important. We want to keep the same team," Coloccini told the Evening Chronicle.

"We hope to do that and look forward. I'm still excited about the season ahead, of course I am.

"We had a great year last year. Now we'll look to have as much joy this year with our fans."