Our new signing 23 year-old Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has revealed he turned down other offers from other clubs to join Newcastle United this week, because he thinks Newcastle can provide him with the platform he needs to further his football career.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in action for Montpelier
Yanga-Mbiwa has been interviewed many times since he signed along the dotted line on Tuesday night – and he comes across as a great guy and an excellent professional, and he could make his debut next Tuesday night at Aston Villa – if the reports that Fab Coloccini has left Newcastle to return to South America are true.
This is what Mapou said:
“There were other offers, but it was Newcastle who showed the greatest interest in signing me.” “The fact there are so many French people here, and the fact the club showed their willingness to really support me and help me settle, was very important.”
“I don’t have any ideas or thoughts about relegation in my head. I believe that is not going to happen.” “I know where we are, I know our position in the league and it’s not where this club should be. So it is a big challenge and we must move as fast as we can out of the relegation zone.”
“I want us to be in a good position in the league and why not reach the Champions League as well and have some success in the Europa League.”
As we mentioned yesterday, Mapou could well be a future captain on Tyneside – and manager Alan Pardew may have to appoint a new one, if we cannot get Fabricio Coloccini to stay at Newcastle because of a personal problem - but we have no idea what his personal family problem is – so it’s hard to comment on the situation.
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