Hannover 96 have confirmed the signing of Franca from Brazilian first division club Coritiba FC.
21-year old Franca, real name Welington Wildy Muniz do Santos has signed a contract through to 30 June 2016 and been given the number 16 shirt.
The Brazilian stands at 6’4” and weighs 88kg, giving him a physical presence in midfield.
Hannover’s sporting director Jörg Schmadtke described the club’s new acquisition as:
“He is a robust kind of player who, in my opinion, will go a long way with us.”
Head coach Mirko Slomka was pleased with the club’s third January signing:
“I am looking forward to seeing Franca and I am sure that he will be motivated and very ambitious in seeking his chance with us. I have had amazing experiences with South Americans and treasure their determination and enthusiasm. I am convinced that Franca will be no exception.”
Johan Djourou and Andre Hoffmann joined Hannover 96 earlier this month.