Italian defender Davide Santon has said that his move back to Inter Milan is a permanent one.
The Italian club had recently asked Newcastle to prepare the paperwork and on Thursday, Santon made his tenth start (second time around) for his boyhood club, though sadly for him and his teammates the result saw Inter knocked out of the Europa League by Wolfsburg.
This triggered a contract clause turning the loan deal into a permanent one, with a transfer fee widely reported as just under £3m.
The transfer will formally go through when the summer transfer window opens.
Using his official Facebook account to get his feelings known, Davide Santon had this to say:
“Our paths crossed back when I was 14 years old and my life was changed.
“I can’t even remember all the emotions I experienced from the youth academy, to being a professional, making my Serie A debut, my Champions League debut, the Treble, emotions that I will always carry with me!
“After a long time, our paths have crossed once again. I am once more proud to be to all intents an Inter player, being part of the club where I grew up and that helped me become what I am today.”
Ironically of course, as the selling of the full-back was being rubber stamped, Newcastle played Arsenal on Saturday and with so few defensive options, Jack Colback had to play as an emergency left-back.
In addition, Daryl Janmaat was moved into the middle as an emergency centre-back.
Even when everybody is fit the defence has been shown to be a massive weakness over recent years at Newcastle.
This season only two clubs have currently conceded more than United and both (Burnley and QPR) are in the relegation zone.
Janmaat has shown the standard that is needed if Newcastle are to sort this area of the team and three more like him would do very nicely to create an all new back four.
Over to Mike Ashley.