Benitez’ Views On Players Starting To Manifest

It would be a very good time for Fabricio Coloccini to leave Newcastle after eight years on Tyneside, and it looks like that will now happen with Colo saying in an interview in Argentina that he would like to return to San Lorenzo – the club Pope Francis supports.

It was also the club Colo was on loan at from 2000-2001 while he was on Milan’s books.

Colo joined us from Deportivo for around £10.4M in 2008 and he has twice been our Player of the Season, but his form has not been too good over the last two seasons and it was a mistake by Steve McClaren to give him a year’s extension last summer.

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Fabricio Coloccini – the last goal he scored – against Aston Villa

We also have to think that Rafa has probably had a word with Colo, and the former Real Madrid manager doesn’t see him as part  of  his big future plans for Newcastle.

Colo’s family has been in Argentina for over three years now and the first time he wanted to move to San Lorenzo was three years last January.

This is what the 34-year-old has said:

“I want to return to Argentine soccer, the priority is San Lorenzo because I’m a fan. I would like to fulfil the dream of entering the pitch with my kids and retire there.”

“When I wanted to go back a few years ago it did not depend 100%  on me.” “This time is also complicated because I have one more year of my contract there, but I want to leave.”

“I enjoyed the years I was away, but the truth is I’m thinking about going back. My children are here in Argentina and I miss them a lot.”

“That is one of the main reasons why I want to go back, to enjoy them.”

We’d be very surprised if Colo isn’t moved out in the summer and he has played 263 times for Newcastle with 7 goals.

It also gets off the books Colo’s high wages of £65K/week.

We should also here the news this week that another long term center-back at Newcastle – 30 year-old local lad Steven Taylor – will also be moving on as his contract will not be renewed when it runs out at the end of June.

That leaves the way open for one or two center-backs to come in over the summer months to strengthen our defense.

Maybe former Liverpool star – 31 year-old free agent Daniel Agger – could be one of them?

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