Newcastle's Ayoze Perez looks dejected
With the news that Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini is set to depart St James's Park, Magpies striker Ayoze Perez has come out to pay tribute to the defender on Twitter.
The 22-year-old posted a slideshow of pictures with his former captain, who is returning to Argentina to turn out for San Lorenzo according to BBC Sport, with Newcastle fans singing "Oh Coloccini" as the soundtrack.
The Argentine, who featured 26 times in the Premier League last season but missed the last few months of the campaign, is fondly thought of on Tyneside, and will surely continue to be held in high regard at St James's Park in the coming years after a dramatic eight season stay in the North-East.
Perez is likely one player who benefitted more than most from the presence of the former Argentina international, as he moved to Newcastle from Tenerife in 2014 as a young player.
Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini celebrates scoring
Coloccini, as a major figure in the dressing room and also as the sole existing native Spanish speaker at the time, would have played a key role in helping Perez settle in after his transfer, and therefore helped the young forward to his impressive debut campaign with the Magpies.
Perez himself has been linked with a move away from Newcastle consistently during his stay there, where he has scored 13 goals in two seasons with the club. Newcastle fans will be hoping no more first team favourites depart as they look to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez speaks to Ayoze Perez and Daryl Janmaat