Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini has reassured the club's fans that he will continue to give 100% to the side, despite wanting to return home for personal reasons.

The Argentinian defender asked the club if he could leave in January to return to South America, but his demand has recently been rejected by Newcastle.

"The last few weeks there has been a lot of talk about my future," he told the club website. "But I am staying here. And of course I will give 100 per cent like I always do.

"I have been here five years and Newcastle has given me a lot and done a lot for me. I have to be true to the club. I will give 100 per cent.

"I love football and once I am on the pitch it is different. The problems I have are outside the pitch."

An open letter from Argentinian side San Lorenzo has recently been published, claiming that Coloccini is sad not to be leaving the north east.

He said: "I heard in the city and around the club that the fans think I have my head elsewhere thinking about other things, or that I am not the same player as last season.

"The fans have to know and be sure that when I am on the field I give 100 per cent. I am the captain of the team and I take the responsibility.

"I think everybody has problems outside of their work in life. It is difficult but now I am here and all I have in my head is to make sure we are in the Premier League next year. That is my only objective.

"I am alone here with my family. We don't have grandparents here or uncles and aunties. It does make it difficult. Not for me personally, because I come to work every day, but for my kids and wife.

"Here though, the club and the fans are my family at the moment. The love that they give to me with my song and on the pitch for me is fantastic. It's the best present they can give me."

Coloccini starred as Newcastle recored a hard-fought 2-1 win over relegation rivals Aston Villa at Villa Park last night, with goals from Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye proving enough to earn Alan Pardew's side three crucial points.

The performance of Newcastle's club captain proved that he is going to be true to his word, with the 31-year-old giving his all to the cause as the Magpies fight to retain their Premier League status.


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