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Coloccini still 'needs' Argentina return

Fabricio Coloccini has reiterated that his personal issues have not been solved, merely postponed as he looks to focus on the remainder of the season with Newcastle United.

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Coloccini, 31, endured a difficult start to the New Year after telling club officials of his desire to leave Tyneside and return home to his native Argentina.

With manager Alan Pardew able to persuade his captain to stay until the summer, amid interest from San Lorenzo, Coloccini admitted that the issues in his private life still remain.

"I had found a home to live in to be with my family in Newcastle," he told Fox Sports. "I had already prepared everything so I could spend the four years I had left with Newcastle. After this though the problems arose and I asked Newcastle to let me go as I needed to be in Argentina.

"I'm not thinking about what happens in May or June because I want to totally concentrate on Newcastle. I owe them that for the trust they have placed in me for five years and I want to give my best on the pitch, then we'll see later.

"Newcastle have treated me in a great way and I am grateful to this day to the people, the fans and the club. The only situation was I needed to return to Argentina for personal reasons. That need to return to Argentina still remains."

Having previously penned a letter to the fans of San Lorenzo following his failed transfer, Coloccini's future looks set to be away from Tyneside.

Yet, despite the uncertainty over his long-term future with the Magpies, Alan Pardew was still keen to commend his captain's show of loyalty in the face of adversity, as Newcastle look to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Speaking last month, the Pardew said: "Coloccini is going to stay with us and will remain as captain, which is fantastic news for us. We have managed to persuade him that, as much as his family, we need him. He has shown fantastic loyalty to come and play and see us through to the summer at the very least."

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