Earlier this week, Fabricio Coloccini revealed that he thought a move back to Argentina was getting close,

The Newcastle Captain saying that he had ‘heard that I could come back soon’ to San Lorenzo, the club he supported as a boy and where he spent a short spell on loan when at AC Milan.

Fabricio Coloccini told 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 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.”

Now Coloccini has expanded on that and when talking to TYC Sports in Argentina he has repeated his desire to sign for San Lorenzo, plus given an extra reason why leaving Newcastle could be a mutual decision for both him and the club,

The United Captain says that after relegation the intention is to go with a defence at Newcastle that is based on players who are under 25 years of age. Something which he clearly thinks means the end of the road for him, even if he wanted to stay.

However, it also appears to suggest that Steven Taylor is not set to get another contract when his current deal runs out at the end of the month, unless he is possibly given a short-term deal to cover the likes of Lascelles and Mbemba next season.

Daryl Janmaat is a player who was heavily rumoured to want to leave if Newcastle were relegated and he’ll be 27 when the season kicks off, though looks a knocking bet to leave with a decent fee allowing Rafa Benitez to reinvest in his own players.

Players who fall into the under 25 category are the likes of Lascelles, Mbabu, Mbemba, Sterry, Dummett, Good and Haidara.

Interesting to see what happens with Vurnon Anita, who after a largely disappointing career with Newcastle, maybe saw some of his best ever form when playing at right-back under Rafa. He is 27 and has only one year left on his contract, so a number of decisions seemingly need to be made by the Manager where the former Ajax player is concerned.

Fabricio Coloccini speaking to TYC Sports in Argentina:

“I think the chances are greater now because of the project they have at Newcastle and because of my age.

“With the relegation, they are pointing to a new plan with young people under 25 years old.

“So it is a matter of talking and then proposing to them my exit.

“At the moment I have in mind going back to Argentine football.

“I want to go back to San Lorenzo and fulfil the dream of entering the pitch with my kids and retire there.”