Newcastle left-back Davide Santon has insisted he is happy with life in the north east despite speculation that Chelsea could bid for his services this winter, reports The Metro.

The Italian defender was given his professional debut under new Blues boss Jose Mourinho during their time at Inter Milan, with the Portuguese coach stating the young left-back could "become for Inter what Paolo Maldini was for AC Milan".

However, a succession of knee injuries hampered his progress and he was eventually sold to the Magpies.

Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is also said to be interested in Santon, and could rival the Stamford Bridge club for his signature, according to Italian reports. 

But the player signed by Alan Pardew for £5million two years ago is apparently happy with life in Newcastle. 

A source close to the player said: "Davide's really happy here. He loves it at Newcastle, and loves life in the Premier League.

"He is keen to play out the next two years of his contract here at least."

That might stop his former boss tabling a bid for him; a manager Santon has expressed his admiration for in the past. 

Speaking after the black and white's impressive win over Chelsea at St James' Park three weeks ago, the Italy defender said: "He gave me the chance to play, and I always have to say thank you to him.

"I always said he was an amazing manager. It's good for the Premier League that he's back."

He's made 65 appearances since arriving on Tyneside from the San Siro, scoring one goal. The 22-year-old has also been capped by his country eight times, and will be out to impress Cesare Prandelli this season to earn a spot in their World Cup squad. 

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