The signing of French International defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was announced by Newcastle last night, and his singing has been warmly received by Newcastle fans – and the 3 times capped French International has given his first interview on nufcTV.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – Newcastle’s new signing
Yanga-Mbiwa was born in Bagui in the Central African Republic, and his family moved him to to Port-de-Bouc, near Marseilles, and he finally joined Montpelier as a teenager, and last season he led that team to the French Championship for the very first time.
The 23 year-old had this to say last night:
“It’s like a child who one day grows up and has to fly the nest, if you like.” “It was a difficult decision to leave Montpelier; it was the club that trained me, the club where I made my debut, where I got into the first team and where we won the championship.”
“So it was difficult to leave, but Newcastle held out their hand to me, they welcomed me. One day I had to leave and it has always been a dream to come and play in England.” “First of all Newcastle really showed that they wanted me a lot which was something that was obviously very important in me coming to Newcastle.”
“Secondly, there were a lot of other French players here which is something which really helped me since I don’t know England too well. It helps me to settle into life here and to get used to football in this country.” “And also, very importantly, Newcastle is a massive club and it’s an honor to be here.”
“It attracts a lot of French players and it appeals to a lot of French players because of their style of play and also because of the wonderful team spirit that they have here at Newcastle, which is very good for French players. So I’m really looking forward to coming here and discovering that for myself.”
“Those players you mentioned are an integral part of the new French team that is coming through now,” he said. “They’re the main players who are chosen first to play for France, basically.” “So I think it is important for me to continue to be able to play with these players so they can help me to make progress in my own game – and yes, why not to continue playing for France, which is also one of my own targets and objectives.”
“First of all I think I’ve got quite a big challenge here at Newcastle to focus on – to give my maximum effort, concentration and involvement to the team and to play football.” “My family told me that they understand what I’m doing isn’t easy and they’re very understanding.”
“They told me to take my time to really focus on my football. Then once I’m stable, once I’m settled in and everything is better, they will gradually come over and spend time with me.”
Yanga-Mbiwa has seen both Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa thrive at Newcastle and Cabaye has become one of the best players on the French side, and we see no reason why Yanga-Mbiwa cannot become an even better player than he is right now – in the famous black and white stripes of Newcastle United.
He is on a five and a half year contract and will wear the number 13 shirt – and it’s great to have Mapou on board!
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