Some incredible comments have emerged from NUFC new boy Florent Indalecio following news of his official arrival on Tyneside after a successful trial.
The former Saint-Etienne man says he’s so determined to prove his worth at Newcastle that he’ll “play for free” – also insisting that the club will not regret giving him a one-year deal and big chance to prove himself.
Indalecio has also revealed the part Allan Saint-Maximin played in his surprise move to Tyneside, confirming the Frenchman spoke to the club and secured him a trial – and he’s clearly impressed since!
Here’s what the Frenchman told the Sydney Morning Herald after signing at St James’ Park this week, starting with a few words on close friend ASM:
“He’s a real friend.
“He gave me the chance, he spoke to the club about the trial. I was doing well and they signed me,”
“I said to the club when I signed my contract. I didn’t sign to Newcastle for fun, just because I want to put on social media ‘oh, I’m a professional footballer, I make my money and I don’t care’ – no, no, no, no.
“I love football, I play with passion. If Newcastle want to sign me for free I’ll play for free. It’s not a problem.
“They will not regret signing me, because I know I will help the team and I will try to give my best.”
“I regret a lot from when I was young – trust me, I regret a lot before I signed for Newcastle,” he said.
“When I was working in Australia, when I was in France, and I see all of my friends playing professionally and I was working in a factory. Today I am a Newcastle player and I’m very proud.
“It’s a really big club and a great opportunity for me but I’m starting from the bottom.
“My objective is to play very well with Newcastle under-23s to prove I have the ability to play at a better level.
“We play against West Bromwich (today), and that’s it. I just want to work hard. We will see.”
Some brilliant words from the Frenchman, who seems desperate to seize the big chance he’s been handed at Newcastle.
Steve Bruce has also said a few words on the 23-year-old during his press conference this morning, insisting that he’s earned a contract at the club – and isn’t just signing because he’s “Allan’s mate”.
“He came over for a trial with Allan in the summer.
“He came into the academy and they’ve had him for the past six weeks.
“He’s got something. Whether that will ever be good enough to play for Newcastle, we’ll see how he develops.
“We’ll give him a chance. He’s got a decent pedigree.
‘It certainly helps Allan, it’s his mate. But make no mistake, we haven’t just signed him because he’s Allan’s mate.
“We’re taking a bit of a gamble, but he’s got a bit of talent, otherwise he wouldn’t be coming in.”
One to watch over the coming year!