Davide Santon has rejected a move back to Tyneside according to reports in The Chronicle. The Italian defender spent three and a half years at St James’ Park, before being sent back to Milan by John Carver.

Reports had linked Santon with a move back to the Magpies, however the player has rubbished the links.

It was with deep regret that when I spoke with John Carver and after five games on the bench in the Premier League without playing even a single minute, I realised that I was no longer in the first-team plans of the coach. At that moment, after three-and-a-half years as a Newcastle player, I no longer felt an essential part of the project.It was then I was forced to think about my career and my future. Following this Inter Milan, the club where I was born and bred as a footballer, offered me an opportunity that I could not refuse. I spent three-and-a-half wonderful years in Newcastle, a great club with fantastic fans who have always supported me and showed me their affection. This is why I will never forget them and they’ll always be in my heart. Finally I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all my team-mates and the staff with whom I shared a wonderful experience with at Newcastle United.

Santon made 94 appearances for Newcastle United, scoring once. He was seen as a player with huge potential by the fans, however it never materialised. Santon looked unable to compete defensively in the Premier League, the physicality of the league being the main issue.

Santon didn’t want to leave Newcastle United last January, but it seems a move back to Milan has seen the international settle in.