Jonas Gutierrez has thanked the Newcastle fans and said they are ‘Always in my heart’ as he prepares for what he accepts is almost certainly his last ever experience of a north east derby.

The Argentine midfielder has used his Instagram account to put out a farewell message, with a photo of him up against Jordan Henderson in a derby blast from the past.

The following wording alongside the image:

#newcastle vs sunderland

“Maybe the last one, I really enjoy the Derby, 3 points.

“Thanks for all toon army. Always in my heart.”

After recently spelling out in no uncertain terms just how badly he felt he was treated by Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew when dealing with testicular cancer, we then all knew that any faint hopes of any potential new contract had been dashed.

At a time when Newcastle are desperate for character, leadership and connection with the fans, it is a desperate shame that there is no place for Jonas Gutierrez at Newcastle United.