After returning to Argentina after Newcastle United’s relegation, Fabricio Coloccini says that he thinks he could at last be on the brink of signing for San Lorenzo.
Supporting San Lorenzo as a boy, Coloccini tried to force a release from Newcastle United in the middle of the 2012/13 relegation fight due to his family returning to live in Argentina.
However, Newcastle refused to let their Captain go and it all remained a mystery as to how the Argentine club could have afforded anything remotely close to Coloccini’s wages at Newcastle, never mind a transfer fee.
This time though, Coloccini has told Argentine media that ‘there is more chance of returning’ and ‘I have heard that I could come back soon’.
The Newcastle defender says that wants to return to San Lorenzo and play until he retires, whilst there is also pressure from his family to return sooner rather than later.
Coloccini stating ‘My son Thiago asks me when I will return to play at San Lorenzo’.
At the same time as openly talking about wanting to leave Tyneside, Coloccini says ‘I want to respect the people of Newcastle for everything they gave me’.
The tale of Fabricio Coloccini is a mess that kind of sums up recent years at Newcastle, with last August’s ridiculous decision to both extend his contract and keep him as Captain, leaving Newcastle United fans totally bemused.
Coloccini did well in the promotion season, then carried that form into the 2010/11 season as Newcastle stabilised (well stabilised as best they could amongst the crazy running of the club) in the Premier League, then he had his stellar season on Tyneside and almost certainly of his entire career.
The Argentine international led Newcastle to fifth place and was then named in the PFA team of the season, though sadly it has been downhill ever since.
Only very rarely have Newcastle fans seen his best form over the course of the last four years and his continuing presence is seen as a major reason for United’s defence continually leaking more goals than almost any other team, season after season,
With Lascelles and Mbemba the overwhelming choice of fans to start the season, surely now is the time for belatedly Fabricio Coloccini to leave the club.
Turning 35 this coming January, surely the compromise should be Mike Ashley releasing the player without any expectation of a transfer fee and Coloccini not expecting any ‘compensation’ for the remaining year of his contract.
With Williamson having left for Wolves and Steven Taylor out of contract in 30 days time, Newcastle can then have more or less a clean slate in building a new defence for both this coming season and the years to come.
Fabricio Coloccini speaking to San Lorenzo AM630:
“I want to return to Argentine football.
“It is a matter of talking about my departure, I have in mind to return right now.
“Priority is San Lorenzo because I am a fan and want to play there again.
“I like Pablo Guede (San Lorenzo Manager) as coach.
“I understand the fans and we must not delude people, but today there is more chance of returning.
“There is always the idea of returning and now I have heard that I could come back soon.
“I want to respect the people of Newcastle for everything they gave me.
“In 2013 was all very advanced with San Lorenzo but my exit clause was for clubs from Qatar, China, not from Argentina.
“My family wants to see me playing in San Lorenzo and that is my great dream, my son Thiago asks me when I will return to play at San Lorenzo.
“In 2001, I decided with my heart and went to San Lorenzo (on loan from AC Milan) despite the problems that had been at the club, I was always a fan of San Lorenzo.”