Newcastle United announced the signing of free agent French defender Ludwig Francillette this past Monday.
Newcastle United have completed the signing of young defender Ludwig Francillette.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 19, 2019
The 20-year-old has joined Neil Redfearn’s U23 side and had this to say upon his arrival:
“I’m very happy to be here. It’s an honour to sign with this club because we know the story with French players playing for Newcastle, and the fans, and I’m very happy to sign. I hope everything will be good.
“It’s a Premier League, a big club in the Premier League, which is the best league. I have seen a lot of games. I like the club, and I like the city too.
“The fans love the club and the fervour. If I give 100 per cent, the fans will give 110 per cent. I enjoy the proximity of the fans to the club.
“I want to progress in training, work hard, and focus now.”
There is not too much known about Francillette. Upon the confirmation of him signing for Newcastle, AS Quetigny issued the following statement about their former academy player.
“It proves the quality of the training that senior U6 players can receive from all our educators and coaches.
“We are proud to be a family club that can also be a trainer in pre and post-training.
“We would like to thank the Dijon Football Côte D’or, its general manager Mr. Olivier Cloarec and Mr Sébastien Degrange, director of the training center, and through them the coaches of the DFCO who have progressed Ludwig during his year at home.
“A mention for Fontaine-lès-Dijon club in which Ludwig has evolved.”
Francillete had played for AS Quetigny reserve team in 2018. Quetigny is located just outside Dijon and play in the sixth tier of French Football.
Ludwig Francillette– holding the shirt at St James Park
AS Quetigny director Alexandre Lebrerogovitz spoke to the Chronicle recently, and had this to say about Francillette:
“He quickly established himself as a first-team and never left his place again. I remember last game of the season where he made a very strong impression on everyone, he was already starting to evolve.”
“It means the world, but he deserves it. He is someone calm and reserved but above all, very hardworking. He cares little about what’s going on around him, he’s always focused on his goals.
“It is always difficult to predict the success of a player, especially in the 6th division. But we felt that Ludwig had a pretty strong potential and his current success does not surprise me.
“We are very proud to see that we have contributed to the formation of a player and believe that he can evolve to the best level. It is a great pride for his coaches as well as for the club. I think Ludwig can succeed and flourish in Newcastle.”
Ludwig did not participate in yesterday’s 0-4 loss to Manchester United for the U23s. The team really need Francillette’s help as they have lost all three games and have a goal difference -11.
It would be quite the journey if Ludwig can ever get to the Newcastle first-team. He has a few fans in France who will surely be pulling for him.