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Davide Santon – I Want To Play For Newcastle 100%

9:47 am, Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 73 Comments

Newcastle’s new wonder kid Davide Santon did the rounds last night giving interviews, and there’s a great one on nufcTV if you have a subscription to nufcTV.

Alan Pardew with Davide Santon last night

But the Newcastle Journal have also interviewed the youngster today, and some of his personalty shines through.

Santon told The Newcastle Journal today:

“I am really happy to be here. It was not an easy choice to leave Inter but this is a historic club and a historic city.”

“It is excellent timing for me to leave Inter and join Newcastle. The timing couldn’t be better.” “I can play left-back or right-back and I like to attack and to defend too.”

“I am here to give evidence that I am a good player and a champion. I am happy to be here in Newcastle to do that.”

“I can play in different positions, as a defender on the right and left or as a midfielder the same.” “I like to go forward but also to defend.”

“I am here to give everything. We can achieve great things here. We can grow up together and help each other.”
“I am here for the future and this is a great life experience. I want to play for this club 100%”

Mourinho and Italian World Cup-winning manager Marcelo Lippi have both independently compared Santon to AC Milan Italian legend Pauloo Maldini, one of the greatest defenders iof all time who played until he was 39.

And in 2003, Paulo lifted the European Cup/Champions League as club captain exactly 40 years after his father Cesare accomplished the same feat, and they are the only father-son pair ever to accomplish this.

Maldini played a remarkable 902 times for AC Milan and 126 times for Italy, and the youngster said he took that as a  compliment –  he’s right there.

Davide continued:

“I want to show I can be a great player, but that is a compliment.” “I have watched a lot of Premier League games on television in Italy and I hope I can play well and be settled in this league.

“I will be comfortable here.” “There are a lot of great players in the premier League like Rooney and my good friend Balotelli. But I am not afraid.”

“I am here to play and fight for Newcastle. It is a great club in England and a historic city, with great players. Of course, I know of Alan Shearer too!”

Santon says he has some distant memories of  when Newcastle visited Milan in 2003 in the Champions League, when the great Bobby Robson was manager and he said:

“I don’t remember too much – I was just 14.” “Newcastle played very well in the San Siro in the Champions League when I was young.”

Santon will move to Tyneside with his mother and father joining him in Newcastle, and like any Italian he is very close to his family, and his mother Renata is a wonderful cook.

Davide continued:

“For the first few weeks I will settle and have my mother Renata and father Mirco over here.”  “My mother is a beautiful cook – the best – and I need her here for her lasagne!”

“That will help me play well. Newcastle have a young team and are signing young players and we all want to improve and do our best.”

We wonder if Davide will like tripe and onions – probably not.

This lad is a terrific and exciting signing for Newcastle, there’s no doubt about that.



Tags: Davide Santon · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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73 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    He talks a good talk (even if it is in Italian). Lets hope he can walk the walk in the EPL.

    Good luck to him!

    Striker now plz.
    PLUS Situ too!

  • 2 ichrisho // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    More More More….. :) Long day ahead indeed Lee Ryder…

  • 3 barryvenison // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Honestly, who does actually like tripe and onions?

  • 4 DarloGeordie // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    To leave Inter as a so called “wonderkid” would be like Beckham leaving Man u when he was 20….

    big decision for a young lad but im sure money had absolutely nothing to do with it, nada nope nothing at all

  • 5 ichrisho // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Richy – has Situ not signed already? Also its not Gignac that is coming on loan to Everton…

  • 6 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    i hope hes as good at playin football as he is at lickin our arses!

  • 7 Dannyo // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    @lee_ryder
    Lee Ryder
    #nufc Spoke to Elliot and Santon last night both excited about the future, Santon deal is a bit of a coup after what and who he turned down

  • 8 barryvenison // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Why is it we haven’t signed this Situ up? We are desperately in need of another CB so what’s the problem? Thought everyone was impressed with him as well.

  • 9 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    @ darlogeordie i hope ur not suggesting we are able to pay better wages than inter milan surely u know better than that m8.

  • 10 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    SSN: Sunderland could make a deadline-day swoop for Wolfsburg and Germany striker Patrick Helmes.

  • 11 arcarius // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    SSN
    Sunderland could make a deadline-day swoop for Wolfsburg and Germany striker Patrick Helmes.

  • 12 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    mothers boy lol

    now its out hes super marios mate how long till we are linked with him

  • 13 bri h // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Timmers09 id love cisse but as you say he is un proven in epl but to me hes a natural goal scorer ,if he gets chances he will score

  • 14 barryvenison // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    lee_ryderLee Ryder

    #nufc The addition of Cisse would be a good one if they can pull it off, frustratingly haven’t left much time to get it done

    6 minutes ago

  • 15 Dannyo // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    @barryvenison
    I’ve put this up earlier today, but Swansea is in the fron running of getting his signature.
    It may just be about playing time mate :/
    Maybe Situ has held out due to waiting on other offers.

  • 16 ichrisho // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    @11 – now that is a quality rumour… get that out there… :) people will have a fit… Balotelli to NUFC… WOW…

  • 17 GeordieMeerkat // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Just to add fuel to the fire, Balotelli’s profile on the MCFC site is also down at the moment. Let the hysteria commence!

  • 18 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    im a great cook aswell and with him earnin about 40k a week ill happily move in with and cook for him for a small fee of course!

  • 19 ichrisho // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Hugo Rodellega having medical at NUFC – Can anyone confirm this – it was on Chron Live Blog just now…

  • 20 Dannyo // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Balotelli?! God NOOOOOoooooooo…..!!

  • 21 Southern Pride // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    let me add fuel to this rumor- tevez to stay at city. balotelli to be offered out on loan . letz see how far this goes =p

  • 22 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    balotelli on loan santon has made him want to come the deal break was lasagne

  • 23 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    eastandgeordie see what ur after bleedin startin.

  • 24 DarloGeordie // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Boom Boom

    I bet you if you look at the figures he is on more here than he was at Inter… Could be completely wrong like but listen to the rumours about it being a coup. surely we had to out bid other teams

  • 25 gorgonzola // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    great great NOW GET THAT STRIKER IN DAMMIT!

  • 26 King07 // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    News: Sochaux have insisted that they will not be selling forward Modibo Maiga on transfer deadline day.

  • 27 Brettoon // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    9:59 News: Sochaux have insisted that they will not be selling forward Modibo Maiga on transfer deadline day.

  • 28 ichrisho // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Sturridge to Liverpool as part of 5m plus Raul Meireles with N’Gog to Bolton and Cole to Lille.. nice moves… funk you dogsleash..

  • 29 Brettoon // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    My prediction is still Macheda on loan.

    Would be very disappointed though

  • 30 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    ichrisho u windin us up?

  • 31 Stuart // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    How long before someone starts the ‘Out of favour Balotelli to Newcastle to link up with good friend Santon’ rumour? haha!

  • 32 greek toon // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Maiga will not be sold to us, wouldnt mind Rodiellga, i would take Balotelli knows where to net is on his day

  • 33 King07 // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    @ 18

    I Think Rodellega is not a bad striker…

  • 34 Dannyo // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    @NUFCLatest
    NUFC Latest
    Sochaux insists forward won’t be joining Newcastle bit.ly/r2BF8H (SkySports) #NUFC

    Cisse?!

  • 35 barryvenison // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    @Dannyo- It’ll be a very sad day indeed when Swansea have more pulling power than NUFC. Surely they can’t offer him a better deal than us? If he joined us he would currently be our 3rd choice CB, would he really walk into a starting spot with Swansea? If so then he’s too good for us to allow him to just walk away.

  • 36 ichrisho // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Alan Pardew did mention centre-back cover for Willo and exit of Barton but striker priority [via Lee Ryder Twitter]

  • 37 King07 // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    no balotelli please…
    trouble maker..

  • 38 barryvenison // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    lee_ryderLee Ryder

    #nufc Alan Pardew did mention centre-back cover for Willo and exit of Barton but striker priority

    2 minutes ago

  • 39 Brettoon // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    No way will we go for Ballotelli – WAGES!

  • 40 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    SSN: Sunderland could make a deadline-day swoop for Wolfsburg and Germany striker Patrick Helmes.

    SSN: Sochaux have insisted that they will not be selling forward Modibo Maiga on transfer deadline day.

  • 41 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    we dont pay big wages any more i think he needed a guarantee of first team football to get international football

  • 42 ichrisho // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    @29 – what you mean?

  • 43 naithaniel // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Balotelli and his 100k per week wages? No thanks.

  • 44 Dai // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Souchaux are now saying they will not be selling Maiga on deadline day, just like Cissee.

    Is this brinkmanship or just a load of tosh !!

    Thought Maiga was supposed to be at the Gosforth Park Hotel.

  • 45 Timmers09 // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Bri H – he’d be ideal just the ££££ of him. We just need a pacey striker of raw quality. Excite the crowd unsettle defences play of the physical sides of Best Ba and either Ameobi pref sammy

  • 46 barryvenison // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    lee_ryderLee Ryder

    #nufc Obviously loans in today also an option and when emergency loan window opens, some young guns likely to go out in September

    2 minutes ago

  • 47 arcarius // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Rodallega? Piss off, even Shola is better :D

  • 48 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    @18

    Hope so!

    Is Rodalegga an out and out striker or a winger come striker?

  • 49 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    i don’t want Balotelli in our club. But if we only get Santon and, centreback covers of Situ and Remy and our window is concluded without a striker. I’d still be delighted with the window.

  • 50 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    need something to come thro now cant stand this waiting why dont we get dann ffs

  • 51 Eastander // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Is Cwarr amongst us? 6m ago…

    What would you think of Balotelli at NUFC…

  • 52 ichrisho // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Richy – hes an out and out striker…

  • 53 Dannyo // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    @barryvenison
    It’s hard to say mate. If he’s been told by Swansea “You’re like to get a first team spot at CB”, and he’s been told by us “We still think u’re a bit young despite being with us and performing on a trial, u’ll most likely be 4th choice CB with all fit.”

    What would you do? If that was indeed the case.

  • 54 arcarius // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    So no Maiga or Cisse then

    Guess we’re left with Macheda as our last resort.

    Well, unless a big name pops up at the eleventh hour
    :lol:

  • 55 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    @43

    Like Barnetta was at the Jesmond along with Zog?

    Some people talk such tosh!

  • 56 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    @ ichrisho the rodalega thing is that for real hes quality.

  • 57 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Most likely we’ll end up with Macheda. But unless it has an option of permanent move inside the deal, it would be poor.

  • 58 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    @52

    Exactly, he is highly rated, he is going to want to be in or near the first team.

  • 59 barryvenison // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Sochaux have insisted that they will not be selling forward Modibo Maiga on transfer deadline day.

    Newcastle had been hoping to land the 23-year-old, who had previously gone on strike to try and force through a move to the North East.

    Sochaux, who earlier this month threatened to report Newcastle to Fifa, confirmed that they were considering a bid but the French club insisted that they would only sell if they had a replacement.

    They wanted Leeds United’s Max Gradel but he has opted for their Ligue 1 rivals St Etienne and that means Sochaux are not planning on letting Maiga leave.

    “If we had found a successor, he would have gone,” Sochaux chairman Alexander Lacombe said, admitting he could instead leave in January.

    “If we find a replacement in December then, yes he could leave in the winter.”

    Lacombe admitted they failed to get Gradel, saying: “On the one hand it would have been a disadvantage as he is due to play in the African Cup of Nations.

    “But it is up to Leeds, they are the selling club.”

  • 60 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    @56

    Exactly, what would the point be nerturing a player for another club (and rival) to benefit from it.!?

    Macheda is a decent player, but if we are going to loan, at least have something in place so we can nab them!

  • 61 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    yeah we got to bottom of that jesmond thing richy aparantly titus bramble organised a gang bang with players who used to play for us and players that were linked with us but not actually wanted by us the place was jammed apparantly a good time was had by all especially titus.

  • 62 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    bellas to qpr

  • 63 Milner // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    any more news on Ranger to Birm, for what £1m? or we swap for Scott Dann and 3/4m…??

  • 64 Stuart // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Settling in for the next 13 hours like. I hate deadline day!

    Striker please, and a few others just to be cheeky, hopefully MA is still locked in that cupboard!

    Apparently the situ deal is stalling as we dont want to add a release clause in his contract.

    I agree with that myself, wouldnt want him leaving without our control eg cabaye to us.

  • 65 ichrisho // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    @58 – That slimey president is just trying to force Leeds hand and get a bit of publicity for his team.. its BS – Maiga will be signed tonight…

  • 66 ichrisho // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    @BOOMBOOM – I need to get some confirmation of it but Rodallega would be an ace deadline day steal

  • 67 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Well, its official, QPR are insane.

    They are now in talks with Craig Bellamy.

    Barton and Bellamy in the same dressing room – will be carnage!!

  • 68 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    too right he woul hes been bangin them in for wigan and they are shite

  • 69 ichrisho // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Bellamy to QPR – Jaysus Jail-term team… few punches thrown in that dressing room…

  • 70 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    @67

    Exactly, and in the first 3 games we have got the service right, just need someone on the end of it, someone like him would thrive on the service we have been giving!

  • 71 drongo // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Bellamy off to QPR!? They going to have separate dressing rooms for him and Joey?

  • 72 Davies // Aug 31, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Two players with the potential to destroy a dressing room at QPR, however, I have a peculiar feeling that Barton and Bellamy will actually get on pretty well. They both have the same problem; they are players who give 100% and they flare up when they don’t think others are giving their best.

    They could be the making of that team. You never know.

  • 73 AsprillaCartWheels // Aug 31, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Hopefully not another Pistone! Put your head down Santon and work hard!




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