Fabricio Coloccini has ended 18 months of uncertainty surrounding his future by revealing that he will be a Newcastle player next season.
The experienced Argentine has been heavily linked with a return to his homeland in recent times amid talk of personal problems.
His situation has been a difficult one for the Magpies, who blocked a potential move to San Lorenzo last year for their 32-year-old captain, who has evolved into an influential figure at the club after a shakey start to life on Tyneside back in 2008.
Despite this there has been talk that he could again attempt to leave when the current season ends, but the veteran centre-back says that he will be in the black and white shirt again for the 2014/15 campaign:
“For sure. I’m going to be here.” He told the Shields Gazette when asked if he would be staying.
“I had personal problems, sometimes it’s tough. You have to decide between the problems and the work.
“Sometimes it’s too difficult. Now it’s finished, and next season I will be here. I’m looking forward to improving.
“This season we finished top 10, and maybe we will bring some players (in the summer).
“We will try to do well and finish in the top eight, or something like that. We will always try to improve.”
Newcastle are expected to invest in their squad this summer, with a replacement for Yohan Cabaye – who joined PSG in January – a priority after a woeful 2014.