Fabricio Coloccini's Newcastle contract 'terminated by mutual consent'

Fabricio Coloccini
Fabricio Coloccini

Fabricio Coloccini today left Newcastle United after eight years at the club.

Coloccini – who had been captain for the past five years – has had his contract "terminated by mutual consent".

The 34-year-old will join San Lorenzo in his native Argentina.

United managing director Lee Charnley said: "It is rare in football these days that a player gives such length of service to one club, and I would like to thank Colo for his contribution to Newcastle United since he joined us before the start of the 2008-09 season.

"In the eight years he has been with us, Colo has become a firm friend and colleague to many players and staff, past and present, who I know will miss him. We wish him all the very best for his future career."

Coloccini made 275 appearances for Newcastle in all competitions, scoring seven goals.