There has been news reported that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has criticized Newcastle and some negative connotations have been put on what he has said today about his time in England and at Newcastle, but when you read what Mapou says – it seems fairly accurate to us and far from critical of anybody.
Mapou being introduced at Roma on Monday night
This is what Mapou has told the press:
“My spell in England wasn’t a success. They don’t see things in the same way, it’s a lot more physical over there.” “Things are different here in Italy. They play more football.”
“The Italian league is very similar to Ligue 1 and I’ll do whatever the team and coach need me to. ” “We definitely have a great squad and we’ll do everything we can to achieve success.”
“If I play regularly, I don’t see how I wouldn’t have a chance to return for Les Bleus,”
“In England it didn’t really work out because we don’t have the same vision of things, or maybe I didn’t adapt.” “I hope to flourish here and show everyone that moving to England was a bit of a mistake.” “I am very happy to be here at Roma.”
“I want to try to be competitive and add something to this squad.” “The coach Remy Garcia knows me well and I hope I can offer a lot to the team.” “The coach knew me when I played in France and won the title with Montpellier.”
“He was one of the best coaches in Ligue 1.” “He saw what I can do back then and he knows what I can bring to the table. I will fight both in training and games to earn a starting berth.”
“He was the first one to contact me. He convinced me to come here to win the Scudetto. I’m keen to win trophies and achieve success and that’s what brought me here.”
We don’t think there anything wrong with what Mbiwa has said there – it’s fairly accurate.
He didn’t adapt well to play in the Premier League, and it didn’t work out for him in the Premier League, plus it’s a lot more physical than other European leagues – like the Italian and French leagues for example.
In that sense his moving to England and Newcastle was a mistake – in retrospect.
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