Wednesday July 25 2012
Santon: Serie A return can wait

Davide Santon has ruled out leaving Newcastle United and believes the Tynesiders could finish in a Champions League place this coming season.

The former Inter full-back had been linked with Roma over the summer, but insists he is happy and wants to stay with Alan Pardew’s side after becoming a regular.

“I feel really good,” the Italian international told “I have recovered from a knee injury and now I’m facing the pre-season with Newcastle at my best.

“I am happy here, now I know what the Coach wants and I’m ready to play a great season. I think we can fight for a place in the next Champions League, it’s hard but we can do it.

“I left Inter because I was not playing and I needed my space to grow and now I’m delighted to wear the Newcastle shirt.

“Roma wanted me but Newcastle replied that I was not for sale and I am glad of this.”

However, Santon admitted that at one point in his career he would love to play for his boyhood favourites Milan. 

“When I was a child I was a Milan fan and it would certainly be great to wear that shirt – even if I should think twice about it, having played for Inter…”

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