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    
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: Seven reasons why Chelsea must keep Cesc Fabregas

MORE: 20 Chelsea targets Conte could sign to replace Terry

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

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Watch: Man United’s David De Gea embarrassed by Chelsea star’s wonder-goal
The Sport Review
Miami WTA Preview: Kerber and Pliskova head field, but Vesnina and Kuznetsova on a roll
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
20 Chelsea transfer targets Antonio Conte could sign in the summer
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs 2017: Meet Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Jamie Carragher sends warning to Paul Pogba at Man United
The Sport Review
Paul Merson claims he knows what Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is going to do
The Sport Review
Jose Mourinho pictured meeting agent amid Man United transfer talk