Davide Santon has been interviewed on the web-site Calciomercato.com and he was asked such questions as – does he see himself returning to the Italian National side, and would he be interested in joining Roma, who are looking for a new full-back.
Davide Santon – training at Newcastle
The 21 year-old 6’2″ full-back nailed down a starting position at left back last season for Newcastle, but he didn’t make it into the first team regularly until the start of the year, after being allowed time to get used to the fast pace and physical nature of the Premier League.
Davide managed 27 appearances for the Magpies in total last season, and that helped the side finish in 5th place, and qualify for the Europa League, for the first time in six years.
Newcastle are chasing France’s Mathieu Debuchy, the Lille right back, and since Davide can play in either full-back position, it is expected he will keep his starting position next season.
But Davide will also have to maintain the improvement he showed over the last half of last season.
The Italian International and former Inter-Milan player answered these questions on the web-site Calciomercato.com, and with help from Google translate and myself – here’s a reasonable translation of what the youngster said:
Would have gladly given up a few days of vacation to be part of the Italian squad in Euro 2012?
“It would have been great, but manager Prandelli has made his choices and I have limited myself to cheer for the Blues in front of the TV. They did a great tournament, pity only for the final. We must say that Spain is very strong and when we were in 10 it was almost impossible to result. “
Are you confident you can return to the National team in the future?
“Well, a little ‘think about it. But we must go step by step: if I continue to do well here in the Premier League, then I know I will have my chance. In 2014 there is the World Cup in Brazil, I would love to be there.”
For the moment you are the captain of the Italian U21 side, but the U21 manager Ciro Ferrara will soon be appointed the new coach of Sampdoria – are you sorry about this?
“I must say the truth, a bit of me was expecting it. The manager follwoing the last game with Ireland confided that there was every probability he would go down another road. I I wish him all the very best in Genoa.”
“To me Ferrara has been important, and he has given me back my confidence in what was a difficult moment, and he gave me the U21 captaincy and lots of tips. “
Let’s return to England, and the new season will be starting soon at Newcastle – how are things going?
“We are heavily loaded. Last year we almost touched qualification for the Champions League, something unthinkable earlier this year.” ” Finally we qualified for the Europa League, which the club is always pleased to be part of.”
“I thought it would be exciting to go to San Siro. But, if I have my choice, I hope not to face Inter-Milan. They’re putting out a good team and as opponents they would be fearsome.”
Both Inter-Milan and Newcastle – everyone wants Debuchy – do these things going on in the transfer market bother you ?
“No, I am calm. At the end of last season Newcastle manager Pardew had warned me that his intention was that a new full-back would arrive – be that Debuchy or whomever.”
“But if he is a good player who can help the team – that’s good – and then we see who the coach will decide to deploy.”
If you’re not convinced, Roma are looking for a new full-back …
“I know, I know” (Davide laughs). The Giallorossi showed up a little while ago, but Newcastle immediately refused to let me speak with them. That’s okay with me.”
“I am settled in England and I have no intention of a move.” “I’ve only been here a year, it is too early to pack your bags and come back. “
Davide took some time to settle on Tyneside last season, which is understandable for one so young and away from his homeland for the first time.
But Davide also showed he’s an excellent technical player, and quickly became a firm fan favorite on Tyneside, and we think this lad can keep improving, the more playing time he gets in England – be that at left back or right back in the Newcastle first team.
What do you think?