Over in Argentina, Fabricio Coloccini has given an interview to ESPN Radio Argentina.

In the interview the defender speaks of his pride at being captain of Newcastle but admits that last year he did have a move back to San Lorenzo arranged but United blocked it.

Coloccini says that though his contract runs out in a year’s time there is the option for both parties to agree an extension due to the terms of the contract.

The United Captain also says that the love shown for his mate Jonas Gutierrez by Newcastle supporters is something that will live with him forever.

“We’re not having a good time at the club, we had started quite well (first half of season) and were in the top 10 teams, which was the goal earlier in the season.

“At the time, when we arrived seven years ago it was very difficult to get into the Premier League and it is very precious for me to be captain today – It’s nice to represent Argentina in a country like England.”

Retiring to San Lorenzo:

“I have a contract until 2016 and the option of one or more (extra) according to the parties and clauses in the contract. I’m fine, I’m comfortable, I am very grateful for having had the door opened to live the present and continue to build for the future.

“Someday I would like to come back and play in San Lorenzo and retire there, at the time I wanted to go back and Newcastle would not let me.”

Newcastle block move:

“Last year we had arranged a return to San Lorenzo but what was missing was Newcastle’s decision to let me leave.

“It is clear that they must defend their right because I had a contract and I do not hold any grudges.”

Jonas Gutierrez recovery and return:

“I lived close to the situation and the emotion from all the (Newcastle) fans is something that will stay in the memory forever. To go through all that happened and see him as he is today, gives great joy….

“It was a thrill the day against Manchester United, when he entered the pitch for the first time in a long time.

“Jonas runs out of contract at the end of this season and is in talks with the club and who knows what will happen.”