Fabricio Coloccini could be set to leave Newcastle United after being quoted in Argentina as saying he wants to return home.
The defender, who joined the Magpies nine years ago for £10million, has expressed a desire to finish his career at boyhood club San Lorenzo.
The 34-year-old has cited family reasons behind his desire to return to Argentina – and believes it will be easier because of Newcastle’s relegation.
He is quoted as saying: “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 per cent on me.
“This time is also complicated because I have one more year of 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.”