The news that Davide Santon was doing well in the Premier League was picked up by the Italian press yesterday and the 21 year-old got headlines in Italy.
Davide Santon – I play for a historic club at Newcastle
It’s not too often a player leaves Inter-Milan, but Davide was also courted heavily be Roma in the summer, but he chose to come to Newcastle in late August.
And along with his good form for Newcastle they also reported some of the comments he made when he first joined the club last year, so it gets to be difficult to know which were recent comments and which were from last August.
Davide had said that Newcastle are a historic club who play in a historic City.
This is what he was quoted to say yesterday in the Italian press, but this seems a comment from last August:
It was the right time for me to leave Inter. It was not an easy choice, but this is a historic club and a historic city and I am really happy to be here.
I can play left back or right back and I like to attack and to defend too. We have done well so far this season with our style of play.
And for the record these are the comments the Italian International made during his first interview last August, after arriving at Newcastle for around £5M:
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 could not 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%.
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!
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.
His mother Renata and father Mirco only stayed for about three weeks because the lad settled in so quickly.
Those comments will be a reminder for the Newcastle fans since the lads is now coming into his own at left-back for Newcastle and he has so far made 13 appearances for the first team.
And we are hoping Davide gets into the Italian squad for the European Championship this summer, and the fact that Newcastle are doing so well and currently 5th in the Premier League, will not hurt the 21 year-old.