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Indalecio on dream Newcastle deal: I owe it to Saint-Maximin; nothing's impossible

Florent Indalecio says he owes his chance at Newcastle United to Allan Saint-Maximin.

Recommended to manager Steve Bruce by the Magpies winger, the former Saint Etienne attacker has since landed a one-year contract after successful trials.

Earlier this year, Indalecio was working on a construction site in Sydney, Australia, and playing amateur football in the city's fourth division before he reached out to Saint-Maximin. The pair had been friends since playing together in Saint Etienne's academy teams - before Indalecio was shown the door for disciplinary problems.

But his call to the Toon star proved a life-changing conversation for Indalecio.

He told Foot Mercato: "My childhood friend, Allan Saint-Maximin, told me to come to England, that he would try to help me. He spoke well about me at Newcastle and they agreed to take me on trial.

“I did four weeks of testing. And one day, during a game in training, I scored a scissor goal from a direct corner, which made a big buzz. It is a rather rare technical gesture, not within the reach of just anyone, which also helped me. I showed beautiful things, beautiful attitudes. I did it right, the work paid off. I did what I had to do and landed a pro contract. I signed for a year at Newcastle.

"Allan believes in me, it was the case before the test. He knows it's up to me. What he did for me, not everyone would have done, it is a risk for him too, it is rare in the world of football.

"When you know what real life is, the day you are given a second chance, you are not going to miss it, for sure."

The 23 year-old is now part of Newcastle's U23 Premier League 2 squad and says he is determined to grab his second chance in the game with both hands.

Indalecio also said: "Nothing is impossible! You have to work hard, do good things and show off when you play. I'm going to have to prove, make big plays, give everything to show the coach that I don't need time to get to the top level. I want to get there."

Before his jaunt to Australia, Indalecio had been on the books of local French minnows Saint-Chamond and Hauts Lyonnais.


- updated November 18

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