Monday brought reports from Italy claiming that Jonas Gutierrez was set for a move to one of three Italian clubs: Serie A outfits Cagliari and Chievo, or Serie B’s 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 were quickly followed by claims Jonas was instead heading back to Argentina.
Wednesday bringing confirmation that indeed, Jonas Gutierrez has now signed a one year contract with Defensa y Justicia who play in the top division in Argentina (see photo below).
The timing is interesting as this Saturday (10 September), Defensa y Justicia host San Lorenzo in their second league match of the season.
Fabricio Coloccini made his first league appearance before the international break for San Lorenzo since leaving Newcastle, on Sunday 28 August he played the first 72 minutes as they drew 2-2 at home to San Martin San Juan.
Depending on fitness…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.
OFICIAL: Tras acabar contrato con el Depor, Jonás Gutiérrez firma con Defensa y Justicia. pic.twitter.com/DpTjduM6dI
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