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Taylor urges Coloccini to stay

Steven Taylor has urged Fabricio Coloccini to remain at Newcastle following fresh speculation surrounding the defender’s future.

Fitness and form problems have beset Fabricio Coloccini this season
Fabricio Coloccini joined Newcastle in 2008 from Deportive La Coruna

Coloccini, 31, told the club in January that he wished to return to Argentina permanently, citing personal reasons. Despite San Lorenzo coming forward as potential suitors, a deal was unable to be agreed in part due to their expectation to take the player on a free transfer.

Speaking to the Evening Chronicle, Taylor explained that he felt the pair had struck up a good relationship at the heart of Newcastle’s defence, something he hoped could continue.

“The lads love playing with Colo and we all hope he stays,” he said. “He’s a very quiet guy, but when he speaks, he speaks very well.

“He’s been a great guy in training. You can learn a lot from him. He’s very composed, and he’s not shy of a tackle as well. Colo and I have had a great partnership over the past few seasons. 

“We have a good understanding. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We seem to be able to mix it up. I’ve got a fantastic partnership with him, and hopefully that will continue.”

San Lorenzo president Matias Lammens confirmed earlier in the week that he intends to fly to England to hold further discussions with Coloccini in an attempt to secure a deal. 

Lammens is already in Europe to discuss a potential summer friendly for his club with either Roma or Lazio, and revealed that the defender’s desire is still keen to return home. 

"I have the intention of having a meeting with Fabricio and talking about the conditions of his arrival to San Lorenzo," he told La Cicloneta.

"We understand that Newcastle don't have too much interest in the summer other than keeping Coloccini in their squad. They have managed to escape from the relegation zone, so they will now think about what is best for the player; that need to go back home."

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