Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini has admitted he wants to return to Argentina as soon as possible.

The 31-year-old nearly joined boyhood club San Lorenzo last January but Newcastle manager Alan Pardew did not want to lose the centre back, who has 38 caps for Argentina.

Coloccini has been a very consistent performer at the heart of Newcastle's defence and is a crowd favourite at St. James Park, but has made no secret of the fact he believes his future lies back in his native country.

He told Argentinian publication Ole: "You never know what can happen in football.

"In January we did all we could for a possible return to San Lorenzo, but I always made it clear that Newcastle would have the last word.

"The club have invested a lot in me and I must show respect towards them.

"I have to speak the truth, though, and I would like to return as soon as possible."

Newcastle paid over £10 million for Coloccini in 2008 and the Argentine is contracted to the club until 2016, saying back in June that he would remain at Newcastle until at least the end of this season.

The former Deportivo La Coruña player supported San Lorenzo growing up and had a brief loan spell there in the 2000/01 season, but the Argentinian club won't be able to sign Coloccini for free as Newcastle do not want to lose him. 

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