Newcastle transfers: Fabricio Coloccini still keen on San Lorenzo return

Newcastle transfers: Fabricio Coloccini says he still wants to return to Argentina but the defender is focused on the Magpies for now

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
alan pardew
Fabricio Coloccini is Newcastle's captain Photo: Back Page Images

alan pardew

Fabricio Coloccini says he still wants to return to Argentina in the near future – but insists he is focused on Newcastle United for now.

The Magpies captain had a transfer request rejected in the January transfer window amid interest from his former club San Lorenzo.

But a return to South America did not materialise, with Alan Pardew desperate to keep hold of his talismanic defender.

“I want to be totally focused on playing for Newcastle now. We will see about the future because the idea of returning to Argentina still exists and I need it,” Coloccini told Fox Sports.

He added: “There have been many versions [about wanting to leave Newcastle].

“When it was known that I had a word with Newcastle officials about returning home to Argentina because of some personal problems, the only thing San Lorenzo did was to open their doors for me.

“They said that if I managed to get out, then they wanted me to play for them. It was my dream too because I am a San Lorenzo supporter, but it wasn’t that I wanted to get out of Newcastle because I wanted to go to Argentina.

“I could have not extended my contract, but I had already searched for a house to live in Newcastle with my family. I had everything prepared, then there were some problems and I decided to talk with the club officials about possibly letting me go. I told them that I needed to be in Argentina, and then the story built.”

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Laver Cup 2017
The Sport Review
Laver Cup 2017: World’s best Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer take up the baton for Europe
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Rio Ferdinand makes admission about Philippe Coutinho to Liverpool FC fans
The Sport Review
Arsene Wenger sends direct message to Arsenal fans about Alex Iwobi
The Sport Review
Jose Mourinho delivers latest Man United update about Paul Pogba