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.
“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.
“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.