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Long-serving defender Coloccini leaves Newcastle

Football Soccer - West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United - Barclays Premier League - The Hawthorns - 28/12/15 Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini Action Images via Reuters / Alex Morton Livepic/files
Football Soccer - West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United - Barclays Premier League - The Hawthorns - 28/12/15Newcastle's Fabricio ColocciniAction Images via Reuters / Alex MortonLivepic/files

REUTERS - Long-serving captain Fabricio Coloccini has decided to end his eight-year association with Championship side Newcastle United after terminating his contract by mutual consent.

After scoring seven times in his 275 appearances during his spell with the Magpies, the 34-year-old defender will return to his native Argentina to join San Lorenzo.

"It is rare in football these days that a player gives such length of service to one club," managing director Lee Charnley told the club's website (www.nufc.co.uk).

"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."

(Reporting by Shravanth Vijayakumar in Bengaluru; editing by Clare Lovell)

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