Monday November 14 2011
Santon delighted with Newcastle move

Italian Under-21 captain Davide Santon says he’s happy with life in England following his switch to Newcastle United.

The versatile full-back joined the Premiership giants in August after he signed a five-year contract. Inter netted around £5.3m for him in terms of a transfer fee.

“I’m very happy in England,” he said from the Azzurrini training base on Monday afternoon. “I have found that tranquillity again which I had lost while in Italy.

“I’ve only just got there and I’m slowly learning English, but I have a long contract at Newcastle and they have invested a lot in me.”

Santon was being hailed as the new Giacinto Facchetti at Inter during a time when Mario Balotelli also emerged with the Nerazzurri.

“I don’t know if Inter’s youth project has failed,” he continued. “You will have to ask them. Everyone makes their own decisions.

“I can only speak for myself and I’m happy with the choice that I have made…”

Santon, also capped by the full Italian international side, spent six months of last season on loan at Cesena.

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