Quickly passing the number of loan matches to trigger his permanent move away from Newcastle, Davide Santon has now had a decent look at the current health of Inter Milan and declared ‘This is a club with a future’.
The full-back quickly became a first team fixture after his loan move and played week in week out despite over seven months out at Newcastle and been ignored once fit, apart from featuring in the FA Cup defeat at Leicester.
However, Santon then ran into fitness problems due almost certainly to playing so often after a long-term absence. After being unavailable, the Italian international then struggled to get his place back in the final few matches, making his last Serie A start on 28 April.
Despite this, Davide Santon is relieved that he got out of Newcastle, saying ‘I’m glad I came back though’.
Inter Milan are eighth in the league with only a home match against Empoli on Sunday to come.
After a better second half of the season and now expectations are high with Roberto Mancini having his first pre-season to look forward to after arriving halfway through the campaign.
The club is set to back him in the transfer market, with YaYa Toure one of his major targets.
Davide Santon speaking to Sky Italia:
“On a personal level, I would say that this second spell at the club has been good so far, even though I haven’t been playing as much recently as I did when I joined in January.
“I’m glad I came back though as this is a club with a future. There are plans here and now we need to finish the year on a positive note in front of our fans.”
“I ran into a few physical problems after 13 games and had to sit out for a bit but then I got myself fit again. The gaffer (Mancini) has decided to go with other choices for now but when I get my chance I have to show what I can do.
“The gaffer only came in himself six months ago and we have been a bit unlucky with some of our results. But there’s a future and a project here. The coach knows that and we know that.”
YaYa Toure speculation:
“He is one of those players who can take you up to the next level, but it obviously depends on lots of different factors.
“It would be great if he did join but if he doesn’t then we will move forward all the same.”