DAVIDE Santon says his fiance Chloe Sanderson helped to convince him to return to Inter Milan from Newcastle United.
Sanderson made the headlines this week when she tweeted that Santon had been “pushed out” of Newcastle, and did not initially want to move back to Italy.
However, after being unveiled by Inter after completing his loan move, the full-back told a different story.
Santon was quoted on Inter’s official website as saying: “Chloe also convinced me to come here. Her tweet was a misunderstanding.”
The 24-year-old joined Newcastle from Inter in 2011, and says he has returned “home” by joining Inter in a deal which is expected to be made permanent in the summer.
He added: “I come back a more experienced player after the last three-and-a-half years.
“I made nearly 100 appearances in England, despite not playing for around nine months due to injury.
“I’m here to compete. This is my home.
“I got a call from Piero (Ausilio, Inter’s director of sport) and a couple of hours later I phoned him back and said I’d be happy to come back.”
Santon will link up with former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini at Inter, and worked with Jose Mourinho in his first spell at the club.
He continued: “I owe everything to Mourinho. It was a case of sliding doors with Mancini at Inter.
“I was in the Primavera when he was last here and I only met him at Manchester City in England.
“I’ve seen what sort of coach he is: successful, knowledgable and highly competent.
“I’ll play wherever the team needs me. I like playing on the flanks, be it the left or right side. I’ll play wherever Mancini picks me.”