Report: Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez wants Velez return, one problem with deal

Jonas Gutierrez

Jonas Gutierrez has recently returned to Argentina, and reports indicate that he is keen on re-signing for Velez Sarsfield.

Gutierrez made over 100 appearances for Velez after progressing through their youth academy and making this debut in 2001.

He left the Argentine club to sign for Mallorca, before transferring to Premier League side Newcastle in 2008. A local hero of the Magpies, he has gone on to register almost 200 games across all competitions on Tyneside, although he 31-year-old’s career has been disrupted recently.

It was revealed by the player himself in late 2014 that he was undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer, but he has since been discharged from hospital, and he has both trained with the Magpies first-team, as well as play for their Under-21 side.

It would seem useful to keep a player of Gutierrez’s quality at St James’ Park considering the dire situation Newcastle find themselves in at this moment in time, however, in a recent trip back to his homeland, the winger was pictured in a Velez shirt after training with them, and he is reportedly keen on signing for his boyhood club.

As reported by Ole, the former Argentine international has been told he is welcome to return to Velez by their president, although the club’s financial situation could scupper any potential deal.

Guillermo Pizzoglio was quoted as saying: “Jonas wants to come to us and would be a major boost, because he played in our shirt for 13 years. We made good contacts [with him] and we moved quietly.

“But we know what our economic situation is like.”

Gutierrez’s contract expires in the summer, and he clearly feels as if he has no future at St James’ Park. If no deal can be agreed this month to send him back to Argentina, it is likely that Velez will make another move for him when available as a free agent.

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