Argentine stopper very nearly went home.
Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini revealed that he was “very close” to returning to former club San Lorenzo this summer, but insisted that he is happy to stay at St James’ Park where he says he is treated “very well”, Sky Sports reports.
The 31-year-old committed his future to the club last month after shocking them with his plans to return home to Argentina at the end of the previous campaign for personal and family reasons.
Buenos Aires-based giants San Lorenzo, with whom Coloccini enjoyed a season-long loan spell back in 2001, held talks with Newcastle’s back room staff but were unable to conclude a deal.
However, Coloccini, who is currently away on international duty with Argentina, has refused to rule out a switch to his hometown club just yet, and may still return in the not too distant future.
“I am treated very well at Newcastle, it’s my sixth season there and I am under contract for three more years, so I will see what happens in the future,” he said.
Regarding the San Lorenzo talks, Coloccini said: “I was very close of going back to San Lorenzo but Newcastle are my employers and they wanted me to stay.
“However at one point it looked like there was going to be an agreement.”