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Newcastle United cancelled the contract of Argentinian Fabricio Coloccini earlier this year by mutual consent, to enable the defender to rejoin his former club, San Lorenzo.

The 34-year old defender spent eight full years at St. James’ Park and was appointed club captain for the 2011/2012 season, but he has now opted to finally leave the Magpies following their relegation into the Sky Bet Championship.

San Lorenzo boss, Diego Aguirre announced immediately that FabricioColoccini’s career at Newcastle United is over. The player joined Newcastle United from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna in 2008 and he went on to make 248 Premier League appearances for the club.

The former Argentina international has signed for the Argentine Primera Division club after a three – year pursuit from the club that once loaned him in the 2000/2001 season.

Coloccini made his intentions to quit Newcastle clear this summer when he spoke of Newcastle having a “new project” and admitted he was pining to be back with his family in South America.

San Lorenzo coach Diego Aguirre said, “Coloccini will be very welcome. He will bring much to the club on and off the field”.

Coloccini arrived at Newcastle from Deportivo La Coruna in 2008 for 10 million euros with the center back joining Kevin Keegan’s side during an uncertain period at St. James Park. His last season at the club resulted in a relegation for Newcastle United even after he promised that Newcastle would not get relegated.

Weeks later, he told the media in his native Argentina that he wanted to quit and San Lorenzo have finally gotten their man.

He penned an open letter to the Newcastle fans before leaving, thanking the fans and staff of the club for the love and support that they showed him throughout his time at the club.