Santon: I stayed thanks to Mancini

Inter full-back Davide Santon has revealed a series of discussions with coach Roberto Mancini convinced him to stay at the club beyond the off-season.

Santon, 24, looked poised to depart the Italian giants following the 2014/15 Serie A campaign, but ended up staying at the San Siro following heart-to-heart talks with Mancini.

The former Manchester City manager gave the Italy international assurances over his future involvement, putting him at ease ahead of the campaign,

"I stayed at Inter thanks to a series of discussions I had with Mancini," Santon told Tuttosport.

"He explained to me how he wants me to move on the pitch and I've given him my full availability, so I'm still here.

"This is my home, I've been in Milan since I was 14 years old and I want to show that I really want to stay at Inter for a long time."

Santon was quizzed on what he thought of the club's summer acquisitions, and had words of praise for the likes of Stevan Jovetic, Felipe Melo and Adem Ljajic.

He added: "The new signings? Felipe Melo and Adem Ljajic know Serie A so it's easier for them, while the other new arrivals need a bit of time to reach a complete understanding with the rest of the group.

"Jovetic is a leader, he decided the match against Atalanta despite not having a great game, while against Carpi, as well as scoring two goals, he also played well."