Newcastle United full-back Davide Santon will lead out the Italian U21 side tomorrow night in a Euro 13 qualifying game against group leaders Turkey, at the Centro d’Italia, in Rieti, Italy.
Davide Santon – in action for Newcastle Reserves
We knew when Newcastle were trailing the 20 year old dull back of Inter Milan in the summer that Italian club Roma were also interested in signing the player.
But it looks like a lot of the signings the Magpies made in the summer, Davide was another player only too keen to come to Newcastle.
Davide talked to Ansa today about nearly signing for Roma:
“There was a moment when I was very close to Roma, but nothing happened, and in the end I chose to move to England,”
“I did not have talks with anyone, but I know Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini wanted me. But, the deal was not concluded and so I went to Newcastle. I am happy there.”
Santon has yet to make his Premier League debut for Newcastle, but has had some injury worries with his right knee since joining the club to some fanfare on 30th August.
His knee now seems to be okay, and Davide has played twice for the strong Newcastle Reserves side, and has looked good in both the games at left full back.
The 20-year-old signed on at Newcastle for an undisclosed fee, which is thought to be in the regions of £5.3M, and since he arrived makeshift left back Ryan Taylor has kept his position in the Newcastle side.
Ryan is likely to keep his place and keep Davide on the bench, when Tottanham Hotsopur come a calling on Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park.
Davide Santon is already an accomplished player, and has played 7 times for the full Italian side and 14 times for the Italian U21 side, and the 6’2″ youngster can play in either full back position and also on either wing.