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DA­VIDE SAN­TON in­sists he won’t be join­ing Mario Balotelli back in Italy.

New­cas­tle’s in-de­mand de­fender reck­ons the Pre­mier League is the place to be de­spite his big pal Su­per Mario quit­ting Manch­ester City to re­turn home.

AC Mi­lan are keen on San­ton af­ter land­ing £20mil­lion striker Balotelli – but their in­quiries last month came to noth­ing.

The former In­ter Mi­lan full-back is set­tled on Ty­ne­side, 18 months af­ter his £7m move from the San Siro.

And the 22-year-old be­lieves he can win back his place in the Italy side.

San­ton said: “At the moment this is the only place to play for me.

“The Pre­mier League is bet­ter than Serie A and bet­ter than La Liga.

“Play­ing at New­cas­tle has helped me get back into the Italy squad and the Ital­ian na­tional coach is happy with me.”

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