On Thursday, Newcastle confirmed the signing of Florent Indalecio following a successful trial period.
The French striker – who was recently working on a construction site – has penned a deal until the end of the season, where he must prove he has what it takes to be kept on beyond May.
Speaking to The Chronicle following his move, Indalecio made a shock admission in saying that he’d play for free, in what was an emotional interview.
He said: ‘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.’
It really does sound like Indalecio is determined to make good use of this opportunity, and clearly has his head screwed on having been fairly ill-disciplined from a behavioural aspect in his younger years.
By his own admission – again to The Chronicle – that was why AS Saint-Etienne let him go.
However, he now sounds like a man willing to do whatever it takes to make up for lost time, if his comments are anything to go by.
Another good thing about this deal is that Indalecio already has a friend at the club in Allan Saint-Maximin.
He told The Chronicle that it was the flamboyant French winger who spoke to the club to get him a trial in the first place, so at least our latest recruit’s bedding-in period will be made easier by the former OGC Nice man’s presence.