Davide Santon has been one of the success stories of the season so far, and Davide is such a likable lad too, and it was great news that he has been recalled to the Italian squad for their friendly against France tomorrow night.
Davide Santon – doing so well at Newcastle
Davide seems to really like it at Newcastle and he has been interviews in Italy prior to the game tomorrow night, and he continues to talk well about Newcastle, and that he has every intention of staying on Tyneside:
“I’m delighted to be back in the international set-up, happy that I have the faith of the coach.” “If I play then I’ll look to demonstrate who I really am. I knew that I would get back here if my form was good enough.”
“Nothing in particular broke in Italy.” “I hadn’t played that well and I thought that I needed a change.” “Maybe I was talked up too much. There was Jose Mourinho, my first games, playing against Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United, being called up by Marcello Lippi.”
“There was too much being said about me, but these things are lessons.” “Newcastle is a great experience for me. It was tough at the start though without family and friends. But I had to do it, I had to change and I’m happy with the decision. It is my intention to stay in England.”
“A move to Roma? No, I have a long contract and I’m just thinking of doing well for Newcastle.”
Santon broke onto the scene in Italy in 2009, when Jose Mourinho was manager of Inter-Milan and is was probably too much too soon for the 21 year-old, when he was compared with the great Paolo Cesare Maldini, one of the world’s best ever defenders.
But Davide has done very well since arriving at Newcastle and though he made a slow start last season, he was learning all the time, and Alan Pardew has handled the lad simply superbly, both on and off the field, since he arrived.
We could have a world-class full back on our hands in a couple of seasons with Davide – he’s really that good and his potential is enormous.
That’s what we are hoping for – in any case. 😀
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