Who Are Ya? Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle)

Posted by - January 23, 2013 - Newcastle United, Transfer News and Gossip, Who Are Ya?

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Name: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

Age: 23

Position: Defender

Signed from: Montpellier

Fee: Undisclosed (reported £6.7million)

Did you know?
Yanga-Mbiwa was Montpellier’s captain as they won the French title last season. He’s clocked up more than 200 appearances for the club despite being just 23 years old.

What’s the deal?
The Magpies expand their French foreign legion by bringing in much needed defensive reinforcements. The versatile defender – happiest at centre-back but comfortable anywhere across the back-four – has signed a five-and-a-half year deal at St James’ Park.

What do they say?

“He is precisely the sort of player we’ve been looking to bring to the club. He is a good age for us but has plenty of experience at club and international level. Mapou is a talented footballer, good in the air and on the ground and has all the attributes to succeed as a quality defender in the Premier League. He’s a good character too and that will be important for us over the next few months.”
Alan Pardew

“Newcastle are one of the biggest clubs in the league, and I’m going to try and give everything I have so that the team can do well. I have experienced a lot of positive things so far in my career and one of those is joining this club.”
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa