Coloccini not leaving St James’ Park for San Lorenzo switch.
Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini has told boss Alan Pardew that he will remain at St James’ Park next season, reports the Independent.
The centre-half handed in a transfer request in January, following his wife’s return to his native Argentina.
Coloccini was keen to walk out of Newcastle but was threatened with legal action by the club if he quit, and the 31-year-old stayed in the north east and helped Newcastle survive relegation to the Championship for the second time in thee four seasons.
The Argentina international had been linked with a move to Buneos Aires outfit San Lorenzo but the player has now told Pardew that he will remain with the Magpies for next sesaon.
“I’m a grateful person and Newcastle have given me the opportunity of playing in the Premier League, which is the elite of football, so I will stay at Newcastle,” he said.
“I have talked many times with San Lorenzo about moving back with them.
“My desire is to move back but that¹s not going to happen next season.
“I didn’t move to San Lorenzo last season because Newcastle didn’t want me to leave.
“I’m not going to move to San Lorenzo now because Newcastle don’t want me to go. I have to respect that decision.”
Coloccini has made over 150 appearances for the Toon since arriving from La Liga outfit Deportivo La Coruna in 2008, and the defender remained with the club for their one season in the Championship in 2009/10 season.