Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini has admitted he is still unsure over his future at the club, with the Argentine international set for summer talks to decide his future.
Coloccini has become a key player for the Magpies after being given the captaincy at the beginning of last season, but following Newcastle’s poor run of form, he stunned the club in January by asking to return to Argentina.
Despite interest from San Lorenzo, Coloccini was persuaded to stay at the club, however talks are set to open again in the summer with a possible transfer away from the North East in the pipeline.
“In five years in Newcastle, the people’s kindness and passion in the street and on the pitch is something unforgettable. It has marked me forever," he said.
“But there are many things that make it difficult to be in England. I have been in Europe for 13 years. I have two children who can’t enjoy their grandparents and cousins because we are far from them.
“I talked with the club about rescinding the contract which links me to Newcastle for the next four to five years, so I could return to Argentina with my family and play for a club there. They said no, and I had to turn the page, get out onto the pitch and perform and try to thank them for the five years they have given me confidence and affection and made me feel at home.
“We also talked about May, when we will meet again. It was a frustrating and sad moment, but I understood and, as captain, I am helping to try and keep them up.”
A disappointing start to the season left Newcastle involved a relegation battle, however a host of January signings coincided with an upturn in results, that has left Coloccini in no doubt they club can improve their league position, as well as progress further in the Europa League.
"We have to keep going the way we did against Aston Villa, a team fighting with us at the bottom, and Chelsea, a team fighting at the top," he added.
"A bunch of good new players have arrived with positive things for the team. Now we are bigger and also still in the Europa League, but I think we can cope with these fixtures."
Newcastle welcome Metalist Kharkiv to St James’ Park on Thursday night in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 clash, before a weekend off following their defeat to Brighton in the FA Cup.