Zitte spot on as he signs first Nancy pro deal

Ligue 1 Conforama

Nancy striker Florent Zitte has signed his first professional contract and has taken possession of the number 17 shirt at the Lorraine club coached by Patrick Gabriel.

Zitte, 19, marked his first Ligue 1 start with a crucial goal in Nancy's 2-1 win at fellow strugglers Sochaux in Week 27 and his form could prove crucial to the division's basement club's survival prospects. Nancy are five points behind 17th-placed Brest and have an inferior goal difference.

Zitte said: "I've taken the number 17 because I was born on May 17. I can't wait to wear it for the first time. I am emotional because I've signed my first professional contract at the club where I've come through the ranks. I've always dreamed about this moment. A few months ago I wasn't thinking about this and today I'm a professional. I cannot ask for more than that."

Gabriel said: "What happened in the January transfer window accelerated things because places in the first-team squad were freed up. Five players left the club and Florent's performances led to his inclusion, his first goal, and the fact that he's now a first-team squad regular."

Zitte added: "The story is not over and I still have a lot to prove but the minimum has been achieved. It won't be easy because there's a lot of competition for places so I'll have to give everything in training."

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