There had been rumors of this in the last couple of months of the season, and in France today news outlet Mercato 365 is reporting that Yanga-Mbiwa will be allowed to leave Newcastle United this summer.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – for sale this summer
Mapou joined us from Montpellier in January of last year, when he was one of five French players brought into the club that month, but he has never really settled down in English football, and manager Alan Pardew has decided to let him go, so we will see at least one new center-back coming into the Tyneside club this summer.
When he was signed sixteen months ago, he was thought to have been a good signing for about £7M for the Magpies, since he could play anywhere across the back line, but after some solid performances, he put in some performances where he looked anything but steady.
One of those performances was at Everton last year, when he was hauled off at half time, after Newcastle were 3-0 down at the time, and Mike Williamson came in and was first choice for the rest of the season, and Mike became our Player of the Season for his solid performances at the back.
Mapou played 26 times this season and 20 times in the second half of last season, for 46 total appearances for the Magpies.
Newcastle will now no doubt try to get their money back on the player, but it seems like the manager has decided he will not make the grade in the Premier League.
Yanga-Mbiwa was the captain of Montpellier in their only French League Championship title ever back in 2012, and he also had very good leadership qualities.
It is expected that other French players like Romain Amalfitano, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and Ben Arfa will also leave the club this summer, and it looks like Loic Remy will be signing for either Liverpool or Arsenal.
Alan Pardew has said he would like more British players brought into his squad for next season.