Official: Santon leaves Newcastle for Inter loan

The full-back has failed to make a single Premier League appearance this season and will now spend the remainder of the campaign in Serie A


Newcastle full-back Davide Santon has returned to former club Inter on loan for the remainder of the season, with the option to make the move permanent.

The France international found first-team opportunities limited this season, failing to feature in the Premier League with only only outing coming in the FA Cup third-round loss to Leicester City.

A club statement read: “Newcastle United can confirm that Davide Santon has joined Inter Milan on loan for the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign with an option to buy at the end of the season.

“The 24-year-old Italian defender joined the Magpies from the same club in August 2011.”

Santon had confirmed the move earlier on Monday, writing on his Facebook page: “Life is strange… I never expected to return.

“Thanks Newcastle and thanks to all the fans for these 3 and a half years together… we’ve spent many good times…. This city and this team will always remain in my heart.

“I start a new adventure…. I’m happy to return to Inter… There I started my career and there I lived so many important moments…. I will give my best to repay the faith.”

Newcastle full-back Santon announces Inter return

The 24-year-old full-back has struggled for game time in 2014-15 and has posted a heartfelt statement on his Facebook page, confirming his move back to the Serie A club


Newcastle United full-back Davide Santon has confirmed he is joining Inter.

The Italian defender began his senior career at Inter, joining the club as a 14-year-old, but left to move to St James’ Park in 2011, with the Magpies paying around £5 million for his services.

Santon has slipped down the pecking order this season, however, and has made just one first-team appearance, in the 1-0 FA Cup loss to Leicester, and he has now revealed that he is heading back to Italy, posting a heartfelt message on his Facebook page.

“Life is strange… I never expected to return… Thanks Newcastle and thanks to all the fans for these 3 and a half years together… we’ve spent many good times…. This city and this team will always remain in my heart,” Santon wrote.

“I start a new adventure…. I’m happy to return to Inter… There I started my career and there I lived so many important moments…. I will give my best to repay the faith.”

Santon had also been linked with West Brom.

Player Ratings: Newcastle 1-2 Cardiff City

Rob Elliot

Put under pressure whenever Cardiff had set-pieces but showed bravery in coming to claim Whittingham’s centres into dangerous areas. Had to be alert to make a couple of saves from range. Couldn’t be put at fault for either of Cardiff’s well taken goals.

Davide Santon

Kept Odemwingie quiet as he matched him for pace and power down Newcastle’s right. Tidy in the challenge and didn’t show many signs of fatigue following the hectic festive period as he happily worked his way beyond Sissoko on the flank.

Massadio Haidara

Showed the appetite to get forward and beyond Gouffran and gave McNaughton a headache all afternoon on the flank. Delivered some crosses of real quality despite no one getting on the end of them, the fact he was on corner duties on the left emphasising his ability to produce a dangerous ball.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Top of the Match

Formed an unfamiliar partnership with Taylor and although the pair coped well in the first half with Cornelius, both looked a little less sure of foot against the pace of Campbell, illustrated by a clumsy foul on the edge of the area.

Steven Taylor

Coped with the height difference against Cornelius well by showing some smart movement off the ball to limit the effectiveness of the Dane. Still likes to get forward though and was constantly looking to get on the end of set-pieces inside the Cardiff area.

Cheikh Tiote

Ran the midfield for the hosts and constantly retained and recycled possession with impressive regularity. Tired as the game went on but still willed himself and his team-mates to press Cardiff to the final second.

Hatem Ben Arfa

Partnered Cisse up front as Newcastle went with two up top but still favoured dropping deep to pick up the ball on occasions. Cracked a wicked effort against the post in the first half but wasn’t allowed the same kind of space in the second period as Cardiff wised up to the playmaker.

Moussa Sissoko

Worked hard to put in the mileage on the right for the Magpies but didn’t really get into the promising positions that he has managed to find so often in the past. Was played through by Gouffran in the build up to the goal but was taken off late as Newcastle pushed for an equaliser.

Vurnon Anita

Partnered Tiote in the centre of the park but rarely managed to assert himself in the tie. Would often come wide and help on the wings with some intricate passing but couldn’t fill the massive void left by Cabaye’s absence.

Papiss Cissé

Displayed the odd touch that would suggest that not all confidence has been drained from his game but still strayed offside and frustrated his team-mates and supporters with wayward passes and mishit shots. Had the last laugh though as he got on the scoresheet.

Yoan Gouffran

Worked tirelessly when not in possession to win it back and constantly put McNaughton under pressure. Worked well with Haidara down the right and played a key part in Newcastle’s opener, delivering a long ball over the top for Sissoko.

Gabriel Obertan

Came on for the tiring Gouffran but didn’t get the opportunity to display his pace.

Loïc Remy

Came on after the Magpies went behind but couldn’t get into threatening positions.

Shola Ameobi

On alongside Remy, the striker failed to conjure up a late chance

Until the next match, you can play 888 poker.

Rooney absence will aid Newcastle – Santon

The defender refused to suggest the Magpies can finish above Manchester United ahead of their clash on Saturday, but lauded on-loan striker Loic Remy for his form at St James’ Park

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By Miles Chambers

Davide Santon believes that Newcastle United could thrive against a Manchester United side who are without Wayne Rooney.

The Magpies enjoyed a stellar November, which saw them record four wins out of four – including victories over Chelsea and Tottenham – but they were brought crashing down to earth by a 3-0 defeat at Swansea on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old thinks that the absence of Rooney could be a god send for Alan Pardew’s men and suggested that avoiding relegation remains their main concern, rather than finishing above the Red Devils.

“The one thing we have to do is we have to try to get 40 points as soon as possible as we have to make sure we are safe,” he told Goal at a promotional event for the Next Generation of EA SPORTS FIFA 14.

“I think we are in good shape at the moment, we have 23 points, but we have to keep going. Even if against Manchester United we get a bad result then we don’t have to put ourselves down.

“Man Utd are still a big, big team. At the moment we’re on top of them but just by one point – it will be a massive game because if we win the game we go four points above them.

“Fortunately [Wayne] Rooney’s suspended, so that’s good for us. [Robin] Van Persie at the moment is not having the greatest season like last season, but I think that he’s always a dangerous striker – when he has the chance he will score.”

Loic Remy has shone while on loan from QPR, scoring eight goals in the league, and Santon is thrilled with how the France international has equipped himself on Tyneside.

“I think Loic Remy has been one of the best players for us this season, he’s been really good,” Santon continued. “He’s only on loan from QPR, but he always gives 100 per cent and hopefully he’s going to score on Saturday again.”

Italy were drawn against England, Uruguay and Costa Rica in the World Cup 2014 draw on Friday and Santon – who has not been involved in recent Azzurri squads – hopes that he can propel himself back into Cesare Prandelli’s plans.

“I hope I can get there, but it depends on my performance and what I do on the pitch,” he added. “Of course, having a great season with Newcastle will help make the Italy squad.

“But even if it’s not a great season then it will depend on my performance and what the coach in Italy expects of me.

“So that’s the point – I just have to do as much as I can do and always try to get better and better and hopefully he will call me in the future.”

What a start for Dummett

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Paul Dummett came in against Liverpool FC and scored a goal, what a start for a youngester, and here is what coach Pardew had to say on his performance:

“He came over to tell me the player he was marking at set-pieces, Mamadou Sakho had gone off, so I said to him ‘well, mark someone bigger then’.”

“We all had a bit of a chuckle about it,  because we all knew he had gone off too.” “Most players just adjust to that but there is a lovely naivety about him.”

“He is such a lovely boy, trust me and we know him and his dad Ian really, really well, and his family must be pleased as punch with him.”

 

Paul Dummett

If you think he’ll score in next match or Newcastle will win, you can bet on http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-ie/betting/y/5/Football.html. He said after the game:

 “Every boy in this area wants to play for United and wants to score goals.”  ”I’ve scored at the Gallowgate end and it’s something no one can take away from you!”