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Coloccini thanks San Lorenzo after return is blocked
Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini has expressed his sadness at missing out on a move to San Lorenzo in an open letter written to the club.
Coloccini, 31, had been the subject of speculation regarding his future after he reportedly asked for a transfer to the Argentine side, citing personal problems as the reason for wanting to depart St James' Park.
However, Magpies manager Alan Pardew revealed on Friday that the club captain will be staying put until at least the end of the season.
The Argentina international has now sent a letter to San Lorenzo, along with his agent Marcelo Lombilla, thanking the club's fans for their support, as well as expressing his own feelings on the current situation.
The letter, which was published by the Twitter account of San Lorenzo, read: "To my San Lorencista family. I write these lines from a long way away where I am missing my country, my family and my close ones. And with sadness of knowing that after a series of meetings held here in Newcastle that my return to Argentina has been momentarily suspended.
"Unfortunately, life does not always end up like you wanted it or needed it to, many times is it influenced by third parties and the rigidities of contracts that are stronger than the will of one's own desires However, I am convinced that this moment of disappointment need not be an obstacle for me to declare my profound gratitude to each and every one of you for the affection and the support that you all have provided me during these past few months, in every way imaginable."
Coloccini added: "I wish to thank the authorities at San Lorenzo del Almagro and especially show my gratitude to the president, Dr Matias Lammens and vice president, Mr Marcelo Tinelli, for all the affection, support and understanding they have afforded me and who from the first moment, without any reservations or conditions, were interested in my personal and family situation and who put themselves at my disposal. Essentially, I want to thank the enormous effort made by them, from every point of view, to remove whatever difficulties I may have come in touch with."
Coloccini previously spent a season on loan at San Lorenzo during the 2000-2001 season.