One of the younger players at Newcastle who is starting to make a name for himself is 21 year-old Italian International Davide Santon, and he has been one of Newcastle’s best players so far this season, and he has said today that he wants to emulate his childhood hero – the great Paolo Maldini – one of the best defenders football has ever produced, and who played 902 times for AC Milan and 126 times for Italy.
Davide Santon – wants to emulate the great Paolo Maldini
And if Davide get anywhere near the world-class play of Maldini, who epitomized Italian defending at it’s best, then he will be a huge success for Newcastle United, there’s no doubt about that, and of course he has already been compared to Maldini by some of his previous coaches.
Davide has been interviewed in the local press today:
“When I was a boy I loved Maldini, he was one of my heroes.” “I would love to have a career like him.” “You want to play at the highest level with club and country.” “Prandelli called me and I was happy and proud.” “Italy have had really good years in Europe.”
“They were in the European Championships final against Spain.” “When I was young it was my dream.” “I had my first experience with Italy when I was 18 years and three months old with Marcello Lippi.” “I had a period injured, and now I am happy because I have started well with Newcastle this season.”
“I have to keep going, play every game and concentrate.” “Afterwards, we will see. My favorites were not just Maldini, I liked Franco Baresi too.” “Another childhood favorite was Marco van Basten.” “I think I am playing well right now but I can play better.”
“I feel confident on the pitch, and I am happy.” “I am relaxed, which is important. I think I can play better – I am not 100 % yet.” “One of my dreams is to go to Brazil in the World Cup flying the black and white flag for Newcastle.” “I think we have a good international team and we can go for the Mundial in Brazil. It is my dream.”
If Davide keeps improving and maturing like he’s been doing since he arrived on Tyneside, he has a good chance to become a top International player for Newcastle, and he certainly seems to have the temperament too, and he carefully listens to Alan Pardew, a coach he has again said he admires greatly.
Things are looking very good at the moment for Newcastle’s Davide Santon – there’s no doubt about that – and it was great he was recalled this week to the Italian squad, but he didn’t add to the 7 full caps he already has.
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