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.
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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