Coloccini admits Newcastle exit was very close

Fabricio Coloccini admits he was close to leaving Newcastle United in January.

Fabricio Coloccini admits he was close to leaving Newcastle United in January.

The Argentina defender says he was prepared to quit his £3million a year deal and return home for family reasons.

Coloccini was persuaded to stay on for the rest of the season after talks with Alan Pardew.

He said: "I thought about walking out, but I changed my mind.

"It wasn't about the money. There were personal reasons but the club and manager have been great.

"I've been away from home for 13 years and I miss it. Now is about Newcastle United staying up... and we will.

"I love Newcastle United as a whole. I captain a huge club and I'm fully focused on helping to stay up."

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