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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Jan 18, 2013

Pardew optimistic Coloccini will stay

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew remains hopeful that he can persuade defender Fabricio Coloccini to stay at the club as the two prepare to hold talks next week.

Alan Pardew has found it tougher this season than last
Pardew will hold talks with his skipper

Coloccini, 30, has told the Magpies he wants to leave and return to his homeland, Argentina, with the request reported to have been made for personal reasons.

He has been linked with a possible switch to his former club San Lorenzo. His father, Osvaldo, works for the club and earlier this week said his son wanted to find an “elegant way” to depart Tyneside.

But Pardew believes his captain could yet stay put, and said: "We're going to sit down next week and hopefully iron out the issues and come to a conclusion where Colo stays.

"There's obviously a problem there in his life. The best way to deal with it at times is be on the football pitch and play your best football."

On Thursday, San Lorenzo told Coloccini to inform them whether he wants to join them by next Monday.

Newcastle would have to release Coloccini from the long-term contract he signed last year in order for him to be able to join San Lorenzo, who could not otherwise afford to bring him to the club.

San Lorenzo president Matias Lammens told TyC Sports: "We were always very clear and we said that it depends on the player.

"We are going to offer him a good contract. He wants to come, and I have hope that it can be done. We understand the people of Newcastle - it is hard to let a player like him leave.”

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