Newcastle Sign Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – Five And A Half Year Deal


Newcastle United have tonight officially announced the signing of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, on a five and a half year deal from Montpelier.  Yanga-Mbiwa has been a target of Newcastle for well over a year now – and this is a stellar signing by Newcastle, and Mapou will certainly help the strengthen the Newcastle defense, which has been a weakness of the side for the first six months of the season.

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – signs for Newcastle!

This is what was posted on the Newcastle United site tonight:

Newcastle United have signed centre-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, from Montpelier. The 23-year-old has agreed a five-and-a-half year contract at St. James’ Park and takes on the number 13 shirt.

Mbiwa may be an unknown quantity to some Magpies’ fans, so here is a brief lowdown on the talented French international:

Born in Bangui, in the Central African Republic, Yanga-Mbiwa moved to France as a toddler and grew up just outside Marseille.

Joining Montpelier at the age of 13, he progressed through the youth ranks at the Stade de la Mosson.

The center-back’s professional debut came at the age of 17, on 23rd February, 2007, as they lost 1-0 to Bastia.

Yanga-Mbiwa helped La Paillade win promotion from Ligue 2 in 2008/09.

After representing France at Under 21 level, the defender has gone on to win three senior caps, with his debut coming last August in a friendly against Uruguay.

Yanga-Mbiwa was named in Les Bleus’ preliminary squad for Euro 2012, but missed out on the final cut.

He captained Montpelier to their first ever Ligue 1 title at the end of last season.

The defender has made 28 appearances in total this season, and appeared at the Emirates Stadium in November, as Montpelier faced Arsenal in the Champions League.

We should have three more signings to be announced soon – maybe tomorrow.

Mapou played a total of 187 times for Montpelier with four goals – and he was their captain – and will wear the number 13 shirt at Newcastle – unlucky for some.

But not for this boy.

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571 comments so far

  • ONLINE GUY

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #1

    THought youd gone out Ed !

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  • nufc786

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #2

    yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Praise Elijah!

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  • nufc786

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #4

    number 13…..

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  • lucasnufc

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #5

    If we were in a comfortable position in the league, this would have been such a good January.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #6

    And now Von Swinklewinkle Sissoko Heidara and another CB cause of Colo and we are set…!!! I hope we start winning games…

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  • NUFCarter

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Wickedddddddddd! Fantastic news. That’s a top 3standard player and he’s playing in black and white. What a legend.

    But that picture seems to of been taken quite a while ago for its light. I’m not complaining though. Get in! Goody goody gumdrops 😉

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  • G

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Call me superstitious, but isn’t giving a defender number 13 asking for trouble?

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  • NUFCarter

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #9

    2 down 4 to go

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Sissoko’s currently on £17,538 per week. We should offer to double his wages. Would like to see Simpson,Tavernier, Golsing and Shola sold in this window.

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  • reccerobbo

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Happy days hopefully get the other 3 over the line then another 2-3 wishfull thinking but if Ashley is serious who knows!!!!!

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Amazing that we can attract this kind of quality at this price when we’re in a relegation battle!

    Fair play to the board.

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  • NUFCarter

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Bradford city 1-1. 4-2 on agg legends come on city

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  • Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Oh yanga yanga!

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  • jayo

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #15

    get in and Gouffran tommorrow HWTL

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  • NUFCarter

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Well done mike Ashley. I have never said that before. Keep up the good work!

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  • jeff

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #17

    what about we play 5 at the back

    saylor colocinni mbiwa
    debuchy santon
    cabaye anita tiote
    hba
    cisse

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  • Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #18

    Kets & 99 pence!

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  • Mund30

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Fantastic news been watching this clip over and over http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzGzlD5mZTA looks like it could be a great few days and for all the hurt ive been feeling this puts a huge smile on my face

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  • colwell

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Benteke is awesome would love for Villa to go down and take him off their hands.

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #21
  • alf

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #22

    Bradford goal! Sissoko on way Happy Days!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Very good news!

    …have been waiting for this for days now 😉

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #24

    How can Ashley get these players in to the club in a few days but Llambias is unable to be anywhere near as efficient?

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #25

    “Your just too good to be true,can’t take my eyes off Mapou,he’s got a lovely 1st touch,i want to hold him so much,at long last love has arrived,and i thank god i’m alive,your just too good to be true,can’t take my eye’s off Mapou”DA-DA,DA-DA,DA DA DA DA DA.etc

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  • askar

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Very good news! I am over the moon 🙂 We need more signing, a good striker and HBA and Tiote Back then 15 wins = 45+21=67 points 🙂

    King Arfa please come back!!!!

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #28

    I want to see Sissoko in tomorrow hahaha. Anymore news on Hiedera?

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #29

    Thank you Lord,hope we can keep Collo for the season as to have 2 ball playing defenders would be class 🙂 this brightened up my day no end

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  • jimiley

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #30

    I hope he is good. Nobody really knows?? We should have been signing these players last summer from a position of strength. Not as desperation signings to stay in the league. But that is Ashley all over. Does anybody think we would sign these players it we had 30 points? Mid table is what he wants. Easy life and the cash rolling in. There is one constant holding this team back. Pardew is still crap and we will never progress under him.

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #31

    144yorkymag // Jan 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    I tell you what curtis good is going to ge a good un
    Come on bradford

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  • MacToon

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #32

    “this is a stellar signing by Newcastle” Agreed Ed, Colo to stay too? Hopefully.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #33

    MrMojoRisin76

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAH!!!! Love it! we did it lads!

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #34

    On Yanga’s squad number – the No.13 is special to the player and he requested it.

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Mapou seems a great lad – perhaps we really did dodge a bullet with the attitude of Remy. Last thing we need is another Joey.

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  • LargeSadMenace

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #36

    Great news that we’ve finally signed a centre half and even better if we pull the other signings off but I wouldn’t go so far as to praise MA to the high heavens…this should have been done in the summer, in fact we’ve needed another senior centre-half in the squad since Sol Campbell left two years ago.

    Rather than a signal of his ambitious intent, It looks to me more like MA has moved to protect our premier league status after his risk to break even again in the summer backfired massively. Call me cynical but if the money is there now then it was there in the summer.

    Nevertheless, if we do sign these other players then AP will have more options and hopefully more success on the pitch. Let’s just hope that MA has realised his one in-one out transfer policy is not suitable in building a truly competitive squad. In other words I bloody hope Mbiwa is not Colo’s replacement.

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #37

    One thing is for sure. Mbiwa signing is gonna tip the scales in our favour for any more potential french signing, very clever tactics.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Excellent news!!! Curtis good could be playing in a major final at wembley great experience for the lad. Would take hines from Bradford based on the two appearences against villa works so hard and gives the lb a major headache with his pace.

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  • G

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #39

    @33, as long as he knows what he’s doing I’m fine with it. I just never like to see centre halves or goalkeepers wear 13.

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  • ToonIcon

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #40

    Finally after 2 years of screaming for this signing we finally get Mbiwa absolute beast of a defender great tackle pace can run with the ball
    BEST CB we’ve had since Woodgate
    couple more signings then we can start climbing the table

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