Some surprising news today in TuttoMercato, that Newcastle’s former (?) target, Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, has confirmed that Newcastle United are still interested in signing him.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – Monpellier captain
Newcastle had been tracking this player for over a year, and he can play anywhere across the back four, and the player has said before that he would just love to move to Newcastle, but who doesn’t these days? 😀
Yanga-Mbiwa is still only 23, and is the captain of Montpellier, and he had an excellent season in leading Montpellier to the French Championship last term, and he was in the final 26 squad for France, but didn’t make the final cut for Euro 2012.
And while he has played 8 times for the France U21 side he has yet to get a full cap for France.
This is what Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa said today in TuttoMercato:
“It is possible that I can renew my contract with Montpellier, just as it is possible that I will not renew it.” “I do not exclude the possibility of renewing my contract with Montpellier.”
“Playing for Milan would certainly be a great opportunity for me, so now we wait.” “I know that Newcastle are also interested in me. Newcastle would be a great opportunity for me, and I would hope that eventually I could join Milan.”
“Joining Newcastle before Milan would give me the chance to mature even more and gain more experience. We’ll see what happens.” “Montpellier turned down our offer and we cannot reach an agreement for buying the player.”
“Therefore, the case is closed with no regrets or bitterness.”
It seems strange for a player to talk about joining Newcastle first and then AC Milan, because you cannot think too far ahead in football, but he’s still young and he can still have ambitions of course.
Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliano did confirm over the weekend that the Italian giants had seen their bid rejected by Montpellier:
“Montpellier turned down our offer and we cannot reach an agreement for buying the player.” “Therefore, the case is closed with no regrets or bitterness.”
But this lad is a good player, and he also has excellent leadership skills, and because he can play anywhere across the back four he would be a great acquisition for Newcastle. That’s the area that Newcastle need to strengthen this summer, by hopefully bringing in two top defenders.
But given that Milan have already had a bid turned down for the 23 year-old, what are the chances of Newcastle having a bid accepted, should they decide to put in a bid?
What do you think?
Comments always welcome.