Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa signs five-and-a-half-year deal at United

Defender signs on
Defender signs on
Newcastle have completed the signing of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa who arrives from Montpellier for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £6.7m.

The 23-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half year deal at St James’ Park and will wear the number 13 shirt at United.

It’s a much needed boost to our defence which has already been swelled by the addition of Mathieu Debuchy at right-back. Yanga-Mbiwa arrives with a high reputation from his time in France and has courted interest from clubs such as Arsenal and AC Milan in recent times so United have done well to get him assuming he can carry on where he left off for Montpellier.

Speaking to the official club website, Yanga-Mbiwa revealed he is honoured to come to Newcastle:

“It is an honour to be able to come to Newcastle United and have the chance to play in the Premier League,” said the defender,” said Yanga-Mbiwa.

He added: “Newcastle are one of the biggest clubs in the league, and I’m going to try and give everything I have so that the team can do well. I have experienced a lot of positive things so far in my career and one of those is joining this Club.”

The French international also revealed that the lure of playing with so many French players at United helped him make the decision to join a side who, in all honesty, are struggling and need to start picking up results.

“here were a lot of other French players here which is something which really helped me since I don’t know England too well. It helps me to settle into life here and to get used to football in this country,” Yanga-Mbiwa said.

“It attracts a lot of French players and it appeals to a lot of French players because of their style of play and also because of the wonderful team spirit that they have here at Newcastle, which is very good for French players. So I’m really looking forward to coming here and discovering that for myself.”

Meanwhile Alan Pardew revealed his pleasure at signing the 23-year-old, insisting that he is the right kind of player with the right kind of personality to fit in at St James’ Park.

“We needed to strengthen the team and bringing in Mapou will give the whole squad a boost. He is precisely the sort of player we’ve been looking to bring to the Club. He is a good age for us but has plenty of experience at club and international level,” Pardew told

“Mapou is a talented footballer, good in the air and on the ground and has all the attributes to succeed as a quality defender in the Premier League. He’s a good character too and that will be important for us over the next few months,” he added.

It’s great to finally sign a central defender even though it should have been done in the summer. To be honest I’m surprised we’ve got him such is the interest that has been shown in him previously by, being honest, bigger clubs than us.

It will of course raise more questions about the future of Fabricio Coloccini and if he leaves we’re back to square one, but if he stays we’ve just strengthened our defence quite nicely. And with more players expected to arrive on Tyneside imminently could it be that we finally have a good transfer window at a time when everyone involved with the club needs a boost?

I hope so…

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94 thoughts on “Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa signs five-and-a-half-year deal at United

  1. Lee Ryder ‏@lee_ryder

    San Lorenzo have now confirmed on their website: “Finally, after long negotiations,we announce that Coloccini will not join the squad” #nufc

    DONE. It’s over. For now…


  2. Well looks like Collos staying after all – San Lorenzo have announced that he wont be joining them on their website apparently – great news if we have Mbiwa and Collo as our CB pairing


  3. Excellant news on Collo. I’m sure they had to promise him that he could go in the summer which i don’t really have a problem with to be honest. I jusy hope he isn’t too upset that it affects his play the rest of the season.

    The best news of all is that Willo is a now 4th choice which, to be fair, is probably a good role for him and what he should have been all along.


  4. Dave (from last nights thread)
    Didn’t get it chipped, just live in the country so signals ****.
    Team V Villa (With Colo)


  5. 3hourswasted,

    Reports that ashley and co are frantically trying to offload Mbiwa and are even willing to allow him go on a minimal fee for fear we might have adequate depth in our squad for the first time in 6 years


  6. San Lorenzo have now confirmed on their website: “Finally, after long negotiations,we announce that Coloccini will not join the squad” #nufc



  7. 3HW
    Ashley is screaming at Llambias as we speak.
    MA “DEREK!!!”
    [scampering noise]
    DL “D-d-did you call sir?”
    MA “I was told by you that Colocinni was leaving, you said Pardew requested a defender to replace him. Yet know we have two decent defenders in the same team, this is not how we operate.”
    DL “I-I-I’m s-sorry sir, I will sort it out, a key player leaving at the end of the week should do it, I believe that PSG are interested in Ben Arfa”
    MA “Good. Get it sorted.”


  8. Good news re: Colo.

    We will definitely stay up with he and M’Biwa at the back. They will compliment each other well and BOTH can pass a ball.

    Our backline has improved dramatically in the space of just a few weeks.

    Now, let’s get a forward player in to compliment Cisse and we’ll be fine.


  9. AngelOfDeath says:
    January 23, 2013 at 15:53
    San Lorenzo have now confirmed on their website: “Finally, after long negotiations,we announce that Coloccini will not join the squad” #nufc
    I think the “long negotiations” went like this:

    san lorenzo chairman: mr. lambiase, we would like to grant collocini’s wish and allow hoim to play for our club.

    Llambiase: Well, he is our best defender and we are already thin there, so he won’t be cheap. How much are you willing to offer?

    san lorenzo chairman: See that’s the thing. we are a small club and do not have a lot of resources.

    Llambiase: you are talking about an Argi international and one of the best defenders in the Prem. I say again, what are you offering?

    san lorenzo chairman: well…nothing really. we would like you to release him so we can sign him for free and grant his wish by allowing him to come home.

    Llambiase: Your taking the piss. —- off! (CLICK)

    san lorenzo chairman: hello? hello?


  10. Sissoko and another forward would be fantastic – what a window that would be. I’d prefer Sissoko if I had to chose one or the other as Gouffran can play through the middle as well as on the right and we will soon have Ben Arfa back. I think our major problem has been losing control of midfield, Sissoko would be a massive step forward and with Mbiwa and Colo at the back as well as Debuchy we are looking a lot stronger


  11. Buddy – I’ve heard they’ll just cancel Mbiwa’s contract out of spite and pettiness towards Coloccini 😆


  12. Wasn’t expecting that about Colo. Great news. A real boost to the team. Now to secure Sissoko and we’ll be fine to stay up.


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