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The center back reiterated his desire to return to Argentina to play for old side San Lorenzo but says he will continue to respect the wishes of his current employers.

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini says he still wishes to rejoin Argentine club San Lorenzo and is keen to leave St James's Park "as soon as possible".

The defender was linked with a move to the Argentina Primera Division leaders in January, but a transfer failed to materialize as the Magpies refused to release the defender from his contract

The 31-year-old spent a stint on loan at San Lorenzo, which he supported as a child, during the 2000-01 season, helping it to the Clausura title, and the former AC Milan man has now reiterated his desire to return to Buenos Aires.

"You never know what can happen in football," Coloccini told Ole. "In January we did all we could for a possible return to San Lorenzo, but I always made it clear that Newcastle would have the last word. The club have invested a lot in me and I must show respect towards them.

"I have to speak the truth, though, and I would like to return as soon as possible."

Colocccini has struggled with a groin injury in recent times and did not feature in Newcastle's wins over Chelsea and Tottenham before the international break.