Newcastle Announce Chancel Mbemba Signing – “I Am Excited”


Newcastle have just announced the signing of center-back Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht on a five year deal, and it looked like the FA finally gave their approval for the GBE, a full eight days after Newcastle United requested it.

But all’s well that ends well – and Mbemba is another terrific signing for Newcastle this summer, and another £8.5M paid out which takes our spending on three players up to £35.5M – not a bad start.

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Chancel Mbemba at St. James’ Park

This is the announcement that has just gone up on the Newcastle web-site.

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Newcastle United have announced the signing of Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba after the club received a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) for the player at an FA hearing on Thursday (30th July).

The deal is subject to Mbemba receiving the appropriate visa.

Mbemba becomes Newcastle United’s third signing of the summer, after completing the switch from Anderlecht. The 20-year-old DR Congo international defender has agreed a five-year deal on Tyneside.

Mbemba is now required to apply for his visa overseas, with the hope that he is then able to return to join his new teammates in Newcastle midweek.

Born in Kinshasa, Mbemba played youth football for a number of local sides in his homeland before joining Belgian giants Anderlecht in 2011.

After rising through the ranks at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, he became a first-team regular and played a key role in Anderlecht being crowned Belgian Pro League champions in 2014, as well as lifting back-to-back Belgian Super Cups in 2013 and 2014.

He played in all six of Anderlecht’s group stage games in the Champions League last season, scoring both goals in their 2-0 home win over Galatasaray in November 2014.

Speaking of his move, Mbemba said:

“I’m very, very happy to be here. This is the biggest league in the world and I’m very proud to wear the shirt for this team and play in this league.”

“I’m going to do everything I can to help make the supporters happy, to help out my teammates and to bring something extra to the team.”

“I know the team very well. I’ve watched the Premier League and I know this is a massive team with big players and with a great coach.”

“I’ve come here to Newcastle United because it’s a very good move in my career to play for such a famous club. I am excited for the season ahead.”

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren added:

“We are delighted that Chancel is now a Newcastle United player after it took a little longer than we had hoped.”

“He is a proven performer at the highest level, he’s powerful, combative and will add quality to our defense. He also has an eye for goal which is an extra asset for us.”

“We will get him integrated into the squad quickly once he is with us. Unfortunately, due to the time it takes to process the visa application that won’t be in time for our final friendly on Saturday, but our focus will be to make sure he will be ready and available as soon as possible.

“I’m sure our supporters will take to him very quickly. He’s the sort of player fans will enjoy watching.”

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This is a fantastic signing for Newcastle, and we’ve had to wait for about a week while he got his approval to apply for a visa from the FA – notice the visa has not yet been approved – but it will be.

Credit goes to Managing Director Lee Charnley for what turned out to be a difficult and drawn out signing, since the FA delayed their three man committee hearing on giving their approval on the visa application until today – but gave it this morning.

Chancel is such an important signing for us, because he will help to plug those holes in Newcastle’s central defense.

Chancel is a top class player who seems delighted to being able to join his former Anderlecht team-mate – Aleksandar Mitrovic at Newcastle United.

He will not be able to play on Saturday against Borussia Monchengladbach as Steve has said, which means he will have to probably have some practice games and be introduced gradually into the first team.

There’s also news today that Ivan Toney – the 19 year-old Northampton striker – is having his medical at Newcastle today.

Comments welcome.



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90 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

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  • Liverpool Mag

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #2

    At long last!

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  • firebug666

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Mbemba In!

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Official news to blog article in 14 minutes, not bad going Edward.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Ashley Out !
    RB cover IN !

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  • Jack

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #6

    What a great signing, mike Ashley <3

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Just 4 class players to go and I will be happy.
    Centre back
    Holding midfielder
    Winger
    Striker.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Very good, I’m in a better mood now !

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Lewspi don’t worry Pawl will have something to whimper about.

    Liverpool Mag – I meant ‘old’ as in a seasoned wum who has done all this before under another name. Familiar stuff, bigging up Pardew, dissing fans, hates the blog….

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  • GeordieJack

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Finally now onto the next centre half, Austin and a winger!

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  • nut meg

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #11

    That’s one in, now which is the one to go out Curly, Larry or Moe ?

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  • Average_Contents

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Anyone spring immediately to mind tsunki? I’ve got my suspicions.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #13

    So we’re really not too bad at the back if this lads not going to be another Mbiwa. Must say I’m wary of players whose names begin with an unfamiliar combo of consonants after that, especially the fridge MB pairing. 🙂

    Of course, injuries…..

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Fridge? Fridge???? It should have said dodgy.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A central defender!!!!!

    Yessssss

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  • Average_Contents

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m going with small potatoes Pokat myself tsunki….he was a eight knobend I’m sure you’ll agree 😀

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  • Thump

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #17

    So, if the governing body has given us the okay, I assume that means that he’s very likely to receive the visa?

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  • tequilamag

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Tsunki if you CBA to scroll back through todays threads he lists the names he has used.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Average you know I’ve lost count of the permutations, it could be one, it could be five. Welshgeordie has gone missing of late hasn’t he? Or have I narrowly missed his performances.

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  • Jib

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #20
  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Then I saw his face, it was Chancel Mbemba!
    Not a trace of doubt in his mind.
    He’s in love, with Steve McLaren!
    He couldn’t leave us if he tried.
    Old Monkey’s tune. Seems appropriate. Huzzah Chancel!!!

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #22

    at last now get him in the game on sat then we can have a good look at what were expecting this season.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 30, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Some very interesting quotes from Purple Llambeezee:
    “I tried to sign Chancel while with the club. I spotted him very early in his career and pointed him out to Graham. Graham scoffed but I knew he was the real deal. That’s why I’m a top, top executive type after all. Just ask Rangers. They’ll tell you.”

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  • Sivarese

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Hopefully a great signing – now we need another with some height!

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  • toonicle

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Great now let’s get Van Dijk signed up!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Not expected to play against BMG croftus mate. Colo has to do his hair etc. etc. He wants to look good for his first Prem appearance.

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  • Jack

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Why do you all care who I am? At the end of the day none of you should give a shjt.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Or we could sign somebody with tremendous width!!! Very difficult to get round somebody who’s 4 feet wide.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Don’t worry Jack. I don’t care who you are.

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  • Liverpool Mag

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Tsunki

    Ah fair enough, mate. Must be honest, when I saw YMFB first post a few weeks a go he seemed to be an enthusiastic, polite commentator. Not quite sure whatever happened to that 😛

    The big difference between Mbemba and Mbiwa is that Mbemba has a reasonable amount of Champions league experience. As well as being very, very fast which is a big difference between him and Mbiwa because Mbiwa was always a little too slow imo, but he does well in Italy and France because they are significantly slower leagues.

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  • the broons

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #31

    finally! right rudiger next please and then you lot can focus on shifting the rest out of the club.

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  • Liverpool Mag

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Jack

    You know you don’t need to swear? This blog is open to all and while you’re not actually typing the words exactly, it makes the blog less accessible for younger fans.

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Nah I couldn’t give a flying shite who your are either mate, don’t you worry yourself

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Apologies for my French.

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #35

    @28 g2

    rofl thats awsome and a very good point lol.

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  • Jack

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Well I’m glad some of you are sane 🙂

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  • Jib

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #37

    Tsunki
    Even WUMs and Trolls have to have holidays.
    BandB hasn’t been on for over a week and they say the bingo in Benidorm is lush.

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  • firebug666

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Jack

    Don’t think anyone cares who or what you are bonnie lad, we just don’t think you should take it out of us just because your mum told you to clean your room.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #39

    I like the idea of a fast CB coming in. How is he on high balls? Because if he plays with Colo he’ll have to handle most of them.

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  • Jack

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Ah that’s right firebug, use my age as a form of insult. That’s what I expected when I decided to give my age away. Very mature.

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