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The Argentine has revealed he still harbours a strong desire to return to his homeland, but insists he will remain professional as long as he is still with the Magpies

Fabricio Coloccini admits he still wants to leave Newcastle and join boyhood club San Lorenzo, but insists he respects the club's decision to keep him.

Coloccini rocked the Toon by submitting a formal transfer request in January as the club were mired in a relegation battle, citing homesickness as the cause of his unrest.

But Newcastle have remained steadfast in their desire to keep their captain, and Coloccini is adamant he will remain professional for as long as he is at St James' Park.

“I have talked many times with San Lorenzo about moving back with them,” he told Argentine television.

“My desire is to move back but that¹s not going to happen next season. I didn’t move to San Lorenzo last season because Newcastle didn’t want me to leave.

“I’m not going to move to San Lorenzo now because Newcastle don’t want me to go. I have to respect that decision.

“I’m a grateful person and Newcastle have given me the opportunity of playing in the Premier League, which is the elite of football — so I will stay at Newcastle.”

One man yet to grow disillusioned with life in the North East is Steven Taylor, and the England international has once again gone on record to express his happiness at the club.

“Being at Newcastle is the best thing that has ever happened to me,” he told reporters. “I am still living the dream of every young lad that is in this city.

“It is what I have always wanted to do. I have to keep pinching myself.”

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