Fabricio Coloccini has revealed to the Daily Mirror that Newcastle United's supporters kept him at St. James' Park this summer.
The defender says that he had offers from elsewhere during transfer window, but the affection the Magpies' fans showed him convinced him to stay on Tyneside.
“I have the opportunity to move, but I preferred to say here because the people in the street are kind with me. I feel part of this city and this club," Coloccini said.
“Then this summer I had a few opportunities to leave. I spoke to the club and said, ‘I have this opportunity, what do you want? I prefer to stay’.
“They say, ‘No, we want you to stay with us’. For me, that is part of the love that I take from the city."
Coloccini's decision to stay at Newcastle was a crucial one for the club, as they have a lack of other options at centre-back.
The Argentine may not have been at his very best so far in the 2015/16 campaign, but Newcastle's lack of depth in the position means that he remains a key player.
Coloccini is currently wearing the armband for Steve McClaren's side, and he will be required to help motivate the team after their awful start to the campaign.
The Magpies are looking low on confidence, and they are still searching for their first Premier League victory.
Newcastle return to action after the international break this weekend, when they take on Norwich City at St. James' Park.