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Striker Confirms Desire To Leave

Nacho Scocco has confirmed that he wishes to return to Argentina after an unsuccessful six months at the Stadium of Light.

Richard Sellers

Since Nacho Scocco signed in January, he has struggled to make an impression, with only six brief substitute appearances in the Premier League and two starts in the FA Cup.

Due to his lack of playing time he has regularly been linked with a move back to Argentina where he is still a star, and after his agent spoke of the striker's wish to return home earlier in the week, Scocco has confirmed that he would like to return to Argentina but admits that his future is out of his hands;

If you ask me, I'll obviously tell you that I want to play for Newell's.

Newell's will always be located first in my priorities, because it is what I want as a matter of gratitude and of feeling but this time I can't move a finger to helps Newell´s in a possible negotiation.

I can only give my opinion if you ask me where I want to go.

Although the striker's preference is a return his former club Newell's Old Boys, he has left the door open for a possible move to another club in his homeland;

There are things that bother me, for example when I walk through the streets of Rosario and people come to me and say "remember you said that in Argentina you will only play in Newell's?".

What I am saying is that provided there is a possibility to go to Newell's, then they will have priority, but if there are no possibilities [to go there], obviously I will have to look for second choices.

Unlike the year I came back from the United Arab Emirates, there I had the choice and obviously I was right, but now it is different.

I'm going to Rosario and people ask me that I'm going to do and I don't know to answer them. What people should know is that it does not depend on me.

Although Scocco is frustrated about his lack of playing time and is waiting for a reply from Gus Poyet and Lee Congerton about his future, he understands it may take time to resolve his future, particularly with Newell's struggling financially, so is looking forward to pre-season;

Sunderland paid money, but to me does not serve me to play there because I don't have continuity and it doesn't serve the club because you have a player who does not play and is not comfortable.

We are still awaiting a response from the management of Sunderland, so I'll have to be patient.

There are possible deals in Argentina and elsewhere but I am calm, I have a contract there and can do pre-season.

We must see what Sunderland ask for me and then if Newell´s can afford it.

Since (Eduardo) Lopez left, Newell´s have had many economic problems and I don't want to put pressure on the club to pay money that it does not have.

It now looks highly likely that Scocco will leave the club before the end of the transfer window and you would expect the club to seek a fee in the region of £3m, which let them recoup the money they paid Brazilian club Internacional for the striker.

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