Newcastle United have announced the termination of Fabricio Coloccini’s contract by mutual consent, allowing the player to return home to Argentina to join San Lorenzo.
Coloccini joined United from Deportivo La Coruna in August 2008 and was named captain just over two years later.
In total, the central defender made 275 appearances for United, scoring seven goals.
Magpies managing director Lee Charnley said: “It is rare in football these days that a player gives such length of service to one club and I would like to thank Colo for his contribution to Newcastle United.
“In the eight years he has been with us, Colo has become a firm friend and colleague to many players and staff, past and present, who I know will miss him. We wish him all the very best for his future career.”