Newcastle United defender Davide Santon is basing his career on AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini.

Santon featured for Italy this week.

He idolised former AC Milan and World Cup winning Italy star Maldini during his childhood and told the Evening Chronicle: "When I was a boy I loved Maldini, he was one of my heroes.

"I would love to have a career like him.

"You want to play at the highest level with club and country."