Newcastle to ask Coloccini to stay until end of the season

Newcastle United are willing to let Fabricio Coloccini leave the club – but not until the end of the Premier League season, according to the Daily Mirror.

Coloccini is expected to meet with members of the Magpies’ hierarchy on Wednesday in an effort to explain why he feels he needs to return to Argentina – specifically to join San Lorenzo, a club which the Mirror reports employs the defender’s father.

Newcastle are said to be understanding of Coloccini’s situation, with the centre-back eager to return to his native country due to his ill wife, feeling living in Argentina would aid her recovery and benefit his young children.

The club however do not want to lose Coloccini at this stage of the season, with Newcastle in a battle to secure their Premier League safety. Alan Pardew’s side are only two places and as many points above the drop zone.

San Lorenzo are said to have admitted they could not afford to buy Coloccini from Newcastle but Newcastle are not willing to entertain releasing Coloccini on a free transfer or letting him leave on loan. Coloccini has three years remaining on his contract.

The Newcastle captain moved to the North East in 2008, staying with the club when they were relegated to the Championship in 2009/10 and playing more than 170 games in his time in English football.

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