Loss to Benfica was my fault, says Newcastle's Santon

The 22-year-old has apologised for his mistake that allowed the Portuguese side to score their second goal in a 3-1 Europa League victory over the Magpies in Lisbon

Newcastle United defender Davide Santon has apologised for his defensive mistake in the midweek 3-1 Europa League quarter-final loss to Benfica.

The Italian defender was at fault as he played a sloppy back-pass to goalkeeper Tim Krul that was intercepted, resulting in Benfica’s Lima scoring to put the Portuguese side ahead.

The Magpies now need to score at least two goals in the return fixture when Benfica travel to St James’ Park if they are to have any chance of progression.

“I am feeling angry with myself,” Santon, the left-back, told The Telegraph.

“I think I had a good game against Benfica, but that pass was a disaster. As a defender, you have to make sure your pass is right, but I had Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa near me, so I couldn’t see the striker. I am really angry with myself and when I got in the dressing room, I said sorry to everybody, to all the players, because it was my fault.

“Now we have to forget about it. I have to forget my mistake and think about Sunday and then, next week, we have to score two against Benfica.”

Newcastle have league matches against Fulham and local rivals Sunderland before the return fixture, but Santon knows that focus is required.

“The Europa League is important, but the Premier League is even more important,” he said.

“We need to make sure we save our season and stay in the division.”

Santon won't return to Italy, claims agent

The Italy international had been linked with a return to his homeland with AC Milan, but interest waned and his representative Renzo Contratto believes he will stay at the club

Davide Santon looks set to remain at Newcastle United for at least another season, according to the player’s agent.

The versatile Italian full-back arrived at the Magpies in August 2011 for a reported fee of €6 million from Inter and after an injury-ravaged start he has since gone on to make the left-back position his own.

In January the defender was linked with a return to Italy with AC Milan, but nothing materialised and his agent Renzo Contratto does not believe that a move will materialise in the summer.

Contratto told Radio Crc: “I believe that Davide will remain in England because Newcastle want to count on him next season too.

“The club believe that he still has great room for improvement.”

Santon has made 36 appearances for Alan Pardew’s side in 2012-13 and scored his only goal of the season in last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Wigan.

I’d be packing my bags for Milan, admits Santon

The Italian full-back says he is happy with the Premier League club but a potential transfer to the Italian giants could persuade him to move back to his homeland

Newcastle defender Davide Santon admits he would seriously think about leaving the club if Milan made a move for him.

Having played at the San Siro before, for fierce rivals Inter, the Italian would be happy to return with Milan as he has supported them since childhood.

However, the 22-year-old has declared that with his fiancee expecting their first baby, he is happy to be living in the North East and playing for the Magpies.

“I’m really happy in Newcastle. I like the city, the club and the atmosphere,” Santon told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I’m also engaged to Chloe and we’re expecting a baby in May.

“A return to Italy? At Newcastle I’m a king and I have a contract until 2016.

“But I’ve heard of the interest from Milan in me and that is really pleasing because I have been a Milan fan since I was a child.

“I’m not sure what would happen if another Italian club came in for me, but I’d seriously think about packing my bags for Milan.”

Santon also admits reuniting with former team-mate Mario Balotelli would be an extra incentive to join the Rossoneri.

He added: “Balotelli? We were still friends and I’m glad he’s doing well at Milan.

“His presence would be an incentive to accept AC Milan.”

Santon: Premier League better than Serie A and La Liga

The 22-year-old is enjoying life in England’s top-flight and is ready to snub a potential return to his native Italy, with AC Milan thought to be closely monitoring his progress

Davide Santon believes the Premier League is stronger than Serie A and La Liga and is ready to snub a move back to Italy and stay at Newcastle United.

The 22-year-old joined the Magpies back in August 2011 from Inter and has impressed this season – with his sparkling displays earning him a recall to the Italy national squad.

AC Milan are reportedly watching his progress with a view to braining him back to Italy but Santon has insisted he is happy to remain where he is, having started every Premier League game for the Magpies this term.

He told The Evening Chronicle: “At the moment this is the only place to play for me.

“There are not a lot of Italians in the Premier League, just Fabio Borini. The Premier League is better than Serie A and better than La Liga. The fans here are the best.

“Playing at Newcastle has also helped me get back into the Italy squad. My coach in Italy is happy with me and so is Mr Pardew. I will keep giving 100 per cent.”

Newcastle boss Pardew: Santon and Krul going nowhere

Alan Pardew has declared that neither Tim Krul nor Davide Santon will be leaving Newcastle in this month’s transfer window amid reported interest in both players from Serie A giants Milan.

Reports emerging from Italy over the past few days have suggested the Netherlands goalkeeper could become the subject of a sizable bid from the Rossoneri, while Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi expressed his interest in the Italian full-back earlier this month.
Pardew, however, categorically stated that any such bids would be futile as the Magpies have no interest in allowing either player to leave the club.

“No, I’m not fielding calls on that because I’m not contemplating anyone going out,” the 51-year-old told The Evening Chronicle.

“I’ve not even given it the slightest thought. Even if we got an extraordinary offer, the answer would be no. There is no point ringing us. I’m confident I have an aggressive board.”

Expanding on the structural arrangement in place at the club, Pardew explained that he takes minimal involvement in financial negotiations, referring to the recent pursuit of Loic Remy, who this week joined QPR.

“I don’t do the contracts,” he added. “My part in the [Loic] Remy deal was very much just comforting the player in terms of coming into what would be a strange city for him.

“The finance side I don’t do, but I am as confident as I can be we are the most aggressive. We have been since I’ve been at the club.

“I don’t think we will get to the panic scenario. That doesn’t mean to say we won’t do a deal for someone on the last day of the transfer window. You must always leave that open because something could trigger events.”