Davide Santon has admitted that Newcastle United still retains a place in his heart since leaving the club in the summer of 2015 to join Inter Milan – and Toon fans have considered having him back.
Now 28 years of age, Santon spent four years on the books at Newcastle. He played 94 times in all competitions for The Toon, before rejoining Inter. He is now with Champions League side AS Roma.
Santon is renowned for being able to play on either side of the defence, and has eight Italy caps. However, he failed to fulfil his potential at St. James’ Park, with his best form coming in the black and blue of Inter.
He joined Roma last summer as part of a move that saw Radja Nainggolan move to Inter. Asked by the Chronicle about his time on Tyneside, he said that he remains a fan of Newcastle.
“I still follow and support Newcastle United as it’s a team close to my heart,” Santon said. “I worked with Rafa Benitez in Inter Milan, he is a great guy. And I think will do very well managing Newcastle.
“I wish them all the best.”
Santon has played 19 times for Roma this season, and is currently working under former Chelsea, Fulham and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri who took up the reigns at the Stadio Olimpico earlier this month.
Newcastle fans took to Twitter after hearing Santon’s comments, and many considered having the versatile defender back at St. James’ Park – a season on from his £8million (AS Roma official website) move to Roma.
Always loved Davide me, harshly forced out the club.
— Lee (@BykerWall) March 27, 2019
Good exciting player always enjoyed watching him we should have never let him go.
— ToonArmy (@CaptainJLasc) March 28, 2019
I know this is a bit left field, but wouldn't we be better getting Santon back as competition for Paul Dummit? Barecca clearly hasn't worked & maybe Rafa could get the best out of him, as he's done with Manquillo on the right?
— Niki (@Nikijosie) March 27, 2019
Always took a shine to Santon as a player and how he settled in Newcastle. Fair to say that the appreciation may be mutual
— Andrew McVittie (@Andrew_McVittie) March 27, 2019
I’d rather see him at rb whipping crosses in
— Matty (@MattySmit15052k) March 27, 2019
Loved him when he was at toon, if he could have had Rafa as his coach.. think he would be much improved and would have been a much better player…
— Sze (@NUFCSze) March 28, 2019
Santon is married to a lass from Newcastle ?!
He was linked with us 2 windows ago for that very reason. Could be after another move to us
— Steven (@stevenbeck8) March 27, 2019
Why did we sell him?
— Tino's fur coat (@TinosFurCoat) March 27, 2019