Fabricio Coloccini looks set to stay at Newcastle United, as manager Alan Pardew has confirmed he is ready to play for them next season and remain as first-team captain.
The Argentinian defender had previously made clear his wish to return to his homeland with San Lorenzo, a club he previously played for on loan, but his boss claims that after talks took place at the end of last season, the player will be going nowhere.
"He is coming back to play this year," Pardew told the Shields Gazette. "Me and him have had a lot of discussions about last year, very constructive ones, I have to say. He wants to come back and captain the team.
"He wants to lead us and I think he showed at the back of last season how important he is to us - when he played we looked a different team."
The Magpies signed the South American from Spanish club Deportivo for a fee of up to £10.3m when Kevin Keegan was the Magpies manager, in the same summer that his compatriot Jonas Gutierrez was purchased from Real Mallorca.
Since then, the Argentina international has been through a relegation and promotion in his first two years in English football, and was a key part of the team that qualified for the Europa League in the 2011-12 season.
After helping the team secure their safety in May, it seems that the man with 37 caps for his country is likely to remain at St James' Park, at least until the end of next season.
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