Newcastle United skipper Fabricio Coloccini has decided to part ways with the club, bringing his eight year stay on Tyneside to an end.
The Argentine was signed by Kevin Keegan in 2008, for a fee which was estimated to reach £10.3 million.
And while Newcastle’s fortunes have been a mixed bag since Coloccini arrived at St James’ Park, the centre-back quickly became a fan-favourite due to his dedication and high work rate.
However, at the age of 34 and with Newcastle losing its Premier League status last season, Coloccini has decided to leave and return to his hometown club, San Lorenzo in Argentina.
As Coloccini readied himself for his departure, the ex-Deportivo La Coruña player decided to writer an emotion-filled farewell letter.
…Get the tissues ready!
The letter included a heart-felt thank you to the family which had “adopted him” – including the fans, the managers he had played for, the chefs, physios, doctors, masseurs, the kit men, the domestic staff and even the cleaners.
The list went on to include thanking the security staff on reception, the media staff, the video analysts, the groundsmen, the laundry ladies, the secretaries and the other administrators at the club.
Finally Coloccini gave the exact reasoning for his decision to leave Newcastle – claiming it isn’t because he doesn’t want to play Championship football, but because of his family and his age.
Coloccini did however raise the idea of him returning to Newcastle in a coaching capacity after his playing career is finished, in a final bid to win a title for the club.
Read Coloccini’s full open letter here.