In an official club statement, Newcastle United have confirmed that Fabricio Coloccini has left St James Park.

Describing it as by ‘mutual consent’, Coloccini is leaving to join San Lorenzo.

This is the team that he supported as a boy and he also spent a short period of time on loan there from AC Milan earlier in his career.

The departure of Coloccini means that Newcastle have lost three centre-backs in the last six months, with Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor also having gone.

The latest news means that Newcastle currently have only two first team specialist centre-backs, Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba.

‘Newcastle United can confirm that the contract of Fabricio Coloccini has been terminated by mutual consent, allowing the player to return home to Argentina to join San Lorenzo.

Coloccini joined United from Deportivo La Coruna in August 2008 and made his Magpies’ debut two days later, against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

He captained Newcastle for the first time in October 2010 against Wigan Athletic, before being named as club captain ahead of the 2011/12 season – a campaign that also saw him named in the PFA Team of the Season.

In total, Coloccini made 275 appearances for United in all competitions, scoring seven goals.

Managing director Lee Charnley said: “It is rare in football these days that a player gives such length of service to one club and I would like to thank Colo for his contribution to Newcastle United since he joined us before the start of the 2008/09 season.

“In the eight years he has been with us, Colo has become a firm friend and colleague to many players and staff, past and present, who I know will miss him. We wish him all the very best for his future career.”