Santon: I was not forced to join Inter

The full-back has made it clear that he is happy to be back at the club where he rose to prominence after a spell in England

Davide Santon has insisted that Newcastle United did not force him into a move back to Inter and denied that he initially turned down the chance to return to Serie A.

Inter confirmed the capture of Santon on an initial loan deal, with an option to make the deal permanent, on deadline day on Monday.

The transfer came after Santon’s girlfriend claimed via Twitter that Newcastle left the 24-year-old with no other option but to leave for Inter, while there were also rumours that Santon had initially rejected the Nerazzurri’s offer, but he has now used social media to clear the air.

“There has been a bit of confusion over the last few hours with people saying I first rejected Inter’s offer, then was forced to come here by Newcastle,” Santon wrote on Facebook.

“None of that is true. I never turned down Inter. As the negotiations all happened on deadline day, I just asked for a couple of hours to talk about it with my family and see what they thought…

“After talking to my girlfriend and my parents, all together we decided it would be a fantastic choice and therefore here I am ready to begin with my new number 21 jersey.”

Santon made 82 Premier League appearances time for Newcastle following his arrival from Inter in 2011.

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