Davide Santon – I Want To Play For Newcastle 100%


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.



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73 comments so far

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    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!

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    More More More….. 🙂 Long day ahead indeed Lee Ryder…

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Honestly, who does actually like tripe and onions?

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  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    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

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

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

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

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

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #7

    @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

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #8

    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.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

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

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #10

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

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  • arcarius

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #11

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

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #12

    mothers boy lol

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

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  • bri h

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #13

    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

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #14

    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

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #15

    @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.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #16

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

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  • GeordieMeerkat

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #17

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

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #18

    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!

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #19

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

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Balotelli?! God NOOOOOoooooooo…..!!

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  • Southern Pride

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #21

    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

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #22

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

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #23

    eastandgeordie see what ur after bleedin startin.

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  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #24

    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

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  • gorgonzola

    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #25

    great great NOW GET THAT STRIKER IN DAMMIT!

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  • King07

    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #26

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

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  • Brettoon

    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #27

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

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #28

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

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  • Brettoon

    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #29

    My prediction is still Macheda on loan.

    Would be very disappointed though

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #30

    ichrisho u windin us up?

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  • Stuart

    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #31

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

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  • greek toon

    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #32

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

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  • King07

    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #33

    @ 18

    I Think Rodellega is not a bad striker…

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #34

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

    Cisse?!

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #35

    @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.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #36

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

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  • King07

    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #37

    no balotelli please…
    trouble maker..

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #38

    lee_ryderLee Ryder

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

    2 minutes ago

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  • Brettoon

    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #39

    No way will we go for Ballotelli – WAGES!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 31, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #40

    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.

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