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Jonas Gutierrez could face Fabricio Coloccini on Saturday

5 years ago

Earlier today, reports from Italy claimed that Jonas Gutierrez was set for a move to one of three Italian clubs.

The three credited with interest by Italian media were Serie A outfits Cagliari and Chievo, as well as Hellas Verona, the now Serie B club who were relegated last season and who appointed Rafa Benitez’ assistant, Fabio Pecchia as their new manager in the summer.

However, those Italian reports have been quickly followed by what appears to be something of more substance, with claims that rather than Serie A or B, Jonas is instead heading back to Argentina.

These later Argentine media reports say that Jonas Gutierrez will sign a one year contract with Defensa y Justicia on Tuesday (tomorrow).

The timing is interesting as this Saturday, Defensa y Justicia host San Lorenzo in their second league match of the season.

Fabricio Coloccini made his first league appearance for San Lorenzo since leaving Newcastle on Sunday 28 August, playing the first 72 minutes as they drew 2-2 at home to San Martin San Juan.

It would be a rush job but if Jonas signs tomorrow, it would be a major story for the media in Argentina if the former Newcastle pair were both involved next Saturday.

Gutierrez was signed on a one year deal by Deportivo la Coruna last summer and after fighting back to full fitness made 17 appearances last season. However, only five of those were in the starting eleven, with three of them in La Liga and the other two in the cup competitions.

Deportivo didn’t offer a new contract at the end of the 2015/16 season, which left Jonas Gutierrez as a free agent.

Jonas Gutierrez of course was released by Newcastle United at the end of the 2014/15 season and was successful in a case he brought against Mike Ashley and the club, claiming he had been discriminated against whilst battling cancer.

The level of compensation to be paid by the football club is still to be announced by the tribunal.


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