Newcastle United fan hero Jonas Gutierrez admits this weekend's Tyne-Wear derby could be his last

The Argentine has recently returned to action from cancer treatment, but is out of contract in the summer.

Earlier this month Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez completed a quite remarkable comeback. The Argentine came on in the 65th minute of Newcastle's tie with Manchester United at St James Park and it was the first time he played since featuring for Norwich City during a loan spell in April 2014.

He had been out with serious illness after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 2013. He left the game in April to undergo chemotherapy and, nearly a year later, made his astonishing comeback.

His return from cancer has of course been widely praised and lauded by fans, pundits and fellow players, while the man himself has remained humble in his recovery.

However, despite being a club hero, his future at Newcastle remains up in the air. He is out of contract in the summer and he recently criticised the club in an interview with Canal +, as reported by The Independent, saying he would 'never forgive' them for their treatment of him during his cancer fight.

But the Argentine still loves the fans as much as they love him. Yesterday on Twitter he launched a competition to give away tickets for their derby game with Sunderland, exclaiming that he will 'always' be a Geordie.

He went on to state that this may very well be his last ever Tyne-Wear derby for the club.

Gutierrez would leave Newcastle with the blessing of the fans this summer, if that is the route he decides to take. Hopefully he will stay in the UK, because his personality and inspiration would be greatly missed.

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