Newcastle United defender Davide Santon has detailed his intense training schedule to the Daily Mail.
The 24-year-old recently returned to action following a knee injury, providing caretaker manager John Carver with an extra defensive option at a key stage in the season.
Santon hasn’t held back on revealing how hard he’s been working and has also confirmed that he expects talks to start over a new Newcastle contract in the near future.
“I have come back stronger. I've been training hard for six months now and have been finishing at 5pm every day,” he told the Mail.
“That is making me stronger. But now I just want to play - for my fitness and for myself. I am only 24 years old.”
“I am happy here - I still have one-and-a-half years left on my contract and I will probably have to speak to Newcastle soon.”
There is still a little bit of uncertainty ahead because Newcastle haven’t named their next permanent manager, but if Santon continues to work hard, it will benefit him.
Any new boss coming in, unless Carver is given the job on a permanent basis, will review the playing squad, examining the attitude of all first team members.
Santon’s work rate will be a positive against his name and if he can start having an impact in big games, it will benefit him in terms of potentially bringing new contract talks forward.
He seems to be taking a common sense approach to the coming weeks, suggesting there is no point dwelling on Alan Pardew’s exit and stressing the need to look forward.
He’s right on both fronts because if Newcastle take their eye off the ball, they are in danger of getting drawn into a scrap in the wrong half of the Premier League table.