Where next for Newcastle United outcast Jonas Gutierrez?

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With the Argentine currently training on his own, back in his homeland, Jack Beresford weighs up three potential options for the Magpies favourite.

Once among the most popular players in the Newcastle United squad, Jonas Gutierrez has become a marginalised figure after Alan Pardew informed the winger that he had no future with the Magpies.

A sad end to the midfielder’s six-year association with the club looks likely, but Jonas has shown plenty of passion, loyalty and ability during his time at St James’ Park, staying with the club after relegation from the Premier League and helping them bounce back at the very first attempt.

All of which makes the news from The Chronicle that the 31-year-old is currently training on his own back in South America a tough pill to swallow.

"Jonas is training on his own in Argentina," an unnamed source told the news provider.

"He is looking for a new club and there seems to be no future at Newcastle at the moment."

With plenty of top-flight experience to his name as well as 22 caps for Argentina, Jonas would most likely be available on a free transfer and could yet prove to be a bargain. We pick out three potential destinations.

Vélez Sarsfield

Jonas made 99 appearances for Sarsfield prior to his first European move to Real Mallorca and it would not be a massive shock to see him return to the club where it all began.

Velez recently helped Mauro Zarate get back to playing again after a difficult spell in Italy with Lazio and while it could require the 31-year-old to take a wage cut, Jonas may be bettered served by a return to his homeland.

Burnley

While Jonas failed to make the impact he would have wanted on loan at Norwich City last term, the deal did at least show that the Argentine is willing to move to another, less fashionable, club in the English top-flight.

Switching to Burnley could be the ideal fit, with Clarets’ boss Sean Dyche making no secret of his desire to bring in experienced squad players. Jonas would be a versatile addition to the squad and, as a winger, one that could have a great impact in helping players like Danny Ings get among the goals early.

Sunderland

If Jonas wishes to remain in the north east – a region he has lived in for over half a decade – then he could yet be tempted to do the unthinkable and complete a switch to rivals Sunderland.

Gustavo Poyet has a keen eye for South American talent both old and young and Jonas’ ability to play as either a winger or full-back could help the Uruguayan plug some of the gaps left in his squad after a busy summer of transfer departures. Would Newcastle fans begrudge him a move though?

Where will Jonas Gutierrez go?

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