Davide Santon will be making a swift return to the UK this week as his on-loan team face Celtic in the Europa League.

The Newcastle defender has quickly found his form after being given a chance at his old club, following it being made clear that he was surplus to requirements at St.James’ Park, despite United currently only having four fit defenders.

Yesterday, Santon made it two wins in Serie A out of two and helped Inter close the gap on the top four to six points.

Santon was rated best defender on the pitch in the 4-1 win at Atalanta and had an impressive pass completion rate of 94%.

The Italian defender also says that the fact former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has shown faith in him, has given Santon a big lift.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has been recalled to the French national team after taking his chance on loan initially in Italy and now Davide Santon also remains hopeful he can do the same with Italy if he can keep his form up.

Davide Santon speaking on Sunday;

“I’m doing well and beginning to establish myself, the boss is showing faith in me and that makes me very happy.

“We have made it two wins on the bounce now and we need to keep it up.”

The national team?;

“I am getting better slowly but surely, having not played consistently for the best part of nine months.

“The national team? It’s always in my mind. If I play well for my club, I might get a call.”

Thursday night’s match between Celtic and Inter Milan is live on BT Sport 1.