Newcastle’s new defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has talked about why he came to Newcastle, and he says he was impressed with Alan Pardew’s vision for the side – and that’s one reason he wanted to come to Newcastle United.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa training yesterday – he’ll wear the number 13 shirt
We would expect Mapou to start at Aston Villa next Tuesday night – but that depends on what happens with Fabrico Coloccini – our captain – who is still in negotiations with Newcastle ans trying to leave the club this week.
This is what Mapou said on the Newcatsle web-site today:
“The manager wants to build a very strong, solid team and he wants the team to play as well as possible.” “I think that’s one of the reasons he wants me there: to build a stronger team.”
“He also explained he wants to close the gap on the top four, and I think that’s one of the reasons why he wanted me to come so I can help him to achieve those objectives.” “I think that question’s something you probably have to ask the manager.”
“Obviously he has an idea where he wants me to play, and I think that’s probably the centre of defence, but the manager’s the man who decides however.” “As you said, I’m quite a versatile player and this is our club, this is our team and where they need me.”
“I’ll be there to play in that position; to help out and make sure that we have the defense that we need.” “The most important thing for me is each time I’ve got a football, I just try and enjoy it as much as I can.”
“Sometimes it’s more difficult and more complicated than other times, but all I want is just to enjoy each moment when I’m playing football and to help the team out as much as I can.”
Closing in on the top four seems strange when we are currently in 16th position in the league, but that would be the goal for next season – if we can survive the drop – and the goal for this season is to get as high up as we can.
The comments of the French International give some idea of what a classy person he is – and we think he could be another great signing for Newcastle, and we expect Mapou to get even better at Newcastle.
And he’s such a leader that he is a potential future Newcastle captain – and you have to remember he’s still only 23 – even though he’s been playing at Montpelier since he was 17.
It’s always great to get players into the club who are delighted to join Newcastle United.
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