Coloccini 'does not want to play again for Newcastle'
Fabricio Coloccini is heading out of Newcastle after he told officials he does not want to play another game for the club. The 31-year-old captain, right, plans to leave Tyneside to return home to Argentina as he tries to deal with "personal matters".
Talks had taken place earlier this week between Coloccini's representatives and Newcastle in an effort to broker a deal whereby the defender would stay until the end of the season. However, they failed to reach agreement and now the player is set to quit.
In the background to all this was the interest of Argentinian side San Lorenzo, for whom Coloccini played on loan in the 2000-01 season. His father, Osvaldo, works at the club. They have not been able to find funding to buy the player, with Coloccini's £60,000-a-week salary way out of their budget. They were similarly unable to negotiate a transfer fee for the player.
The Bordeaux forward Yoan Gouffran will be unveiled this morning after a fee was agreed between Newcastle and the Ligue 1 side late last night.
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