Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini has given the club a boost by confirming he is set to stay with the Magpies for the foreseeable future.

The Argentina international has regularly been linked with a move back to his homeland in recent years, with boyhood club San Lorenzo making numerous moves to unsettle the 32-year-old.

But club Captain Coloccini has told the Shields Gazette that he will stay on Tyneside this summer and has worked out all of his personal problems that may have forced him to quit the Geordies amid the speculation.

“For sure. I’m going to be here” said Coloccini.

“I had personal problems” the Argentine admitted, “Sometimes it’s tough, you have to decide between the problems and the work. Now it’s finished, next season I will be here. I’m looking forward to improving.” Coloccini said.

Coloccini signed for Newcastle in 2009 from Deportivo La Coruna for £10m and has made over 200 appearances for the Geordies, cementing himself as one of the crowd favourites on Tyneside.

But with Newcastle’s form suffering in 2014, Coloccini also acknowledged that the club needs to do better next season to appease the Toon Army.

“We understand the fans” said Coloccini.

“We know we didn’t do well in the last two or three months. We have to accept that and be honest on the pitch. We have to always give the same – 100 percent like we did against Cardiff.”

Coloccini has two years remaining on his current deal at Newcastle and will be 34 when his current contract ends. The news that he will be staying will come as a huge boost for the Magpies, who would certainly have found this season even more challenging without him at the back.