Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Want United's Skipper, Says Pizzi; Coloccini Is Coveted Back Home SAN LORENZO PONDER 'DREAM' MOVE FOR United's Skipper

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Want United's Skipper, Says Pizzi; Coloccini Is Coveted Back Home SAN LORENZO PONDER 'DREAM' MOVE FOR United's Skipper

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Byline: Mark Douglas Chief sports writer

FABRICIO Coloccini will return to Newcastle United's firstteam this weekend amid claims from Argentinian side San Lorenzo that they want to push through a deal for the Magpies skipper sooner rather than later.

The United skipper has been passed fit to return to the Newcastle side which jets out to East Anglia tomorrow, and his presence and authority will be needed as the club faces another massive test of their survival mettle.

But there is a distraction looming over the horizon, with San Lorenzo continuing to talk up the chances of Coloccini (pictured right) making an emotional homecoming.

With the skipper having turned down interview requests since his sending-off at Anfield in the first week of November, it has been difficult to gauge his mood as Newcastle's fortunes have tumbled. United will certainly not welcome quotes from San Lorenzo boss Juan Antonio Pizzi, who says a move for Coloccini is the club's dream.

Coloccini's father was quoted last week as saying that the Newcastle skipper was hankering after a return home, and former Barcelona and Spain striker Pizzi said that he was the club's priority signing. He told reporters in Argentina it was a critical period - and that he hoped to learn more in the coming days.

"No offence to any other player but Coloccini represents something more to San Lorenzo. It would be best to make a decision soon, not to delay more," he said.

"If we are given any hope of signing him (Coloccini), we are capable of waiting. Even if they give us a little bit of hope we will wait for him."

It is hard to imagine any circumstances that would arise where Coloccini would be sold, not least as United begin negotiations to bring in another defender to supplement their options at the back. But further speculation is hardly the perfect preparation for a player who needs to recover his best form. …

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