Inter‘s Davide Santon spoke in length with Tuttosport on a range of topics, including how he know feels under Frank de Boer and failed medicals amongst others.
Starting out, the Italian full back described the summer mercato and shared his surprise at still being at the club, taking a swipe at ex-boss Roberto Mancini in the process,
Summer was hard, Mancini considered me the fourth or fifth choice, and we chose to take different paths to ensure that I did not lose a year. Mancini preferred other players to me, which is fine, but I continue to not understand why he wanted to take me back here only to decide I wasn’t good enough after half a season. I did not expect that it would end up being my destiny to stay here. You know the story from here. De Boer came in, gave me confidence and I started to play. But I never gave up.
He then spoke of feeling de Boer’s faith in him, something he alludes was missing under Mancini,
de Boer helped so much, as he talked to me as soon as he arrived, knowing I had a tough summer and needed time to reach 100 per cent. He said he intended to start me and he did. For a player it is important to feel the Coach has faith in him: after De Boer’s words I became convinced that, if I trained well, I really could challenge for my place with anyone.
Another swipe at Mancini followed afterwards,
Mancini threw me under the bus in the Milan derby. I hadn’t played for four months, he put me in the starting XI without warning when I was not ready to play, physically or mentally. That doesn’t take away from the fact I will always be grateful to Mancini for bringing me back to Inter.
The 25-year-old then spoke on his three failed medicals at other clubs over the summer,
It’s true, my knee needs looking after and I cannot play five games in 15 days, but that’s a long way from failing a medical. Instead, it happened. The doctors who said no can think what they like, I can play and have no problems, as everyone can clearly see…
Over his years of being a professional, Santon has drawn comparisons to legendary defenders including Paolo Maldini and although he’s not lived up to his billed potential or at least yet anyway, he said,
Despite the many comparisons, I always tried to be myself. Plus, unfortunately, I have had many physical problems, so those have affected me greatly. But I’m glad I never gave up because if you do, it’s the end.
He also took time talk on Mario Balotelli, whom he came through the Inter ranks with,
He knows he has to do well and for a striker it means he must score. Despite the fact French league is not one of the best, I think that Nice is the perfect place to restart his career. And Mario will succeed.
The interview was concluded with Santon explaining not only the excitement of getting a call to the 2010 World Cup aged 19 but the anguish of being injured and not being able to go,
I was lucky enough to be with the national team during the time of Lippi, when the captain was Cannavaro. Then, I had the opportunity to go to South Africa when Lippi called me at home and told me ‘I want you to come to the World Cup.’ However, my knee had been recently operated on and, having despite having done all the rehab, I could not go.