Mapou was outstanding in a slightly different role at right-back last night against FC Metalist but in this interview we get to know a bit more about a player who looks an outstanding addition to the Newcastle squad.
Also look out for some great behind the scenes footage of the players.
Yoan Gouffran also makes a quality appearance, thanks as always to our translator Pierre.
In the changing room with microphone in hand,
“In France the weather is not so cold, here it’s cold and it is snowing” (Pierre’s impression: after all he has been playing for Montpelier in the south of France and probably swam in the Mediterranean sea, somewhat slightly different to Whitley Bay and the North Sea!”)
Mapou continues by saying,
“With regards to breathing the air is fresh, there is not going to be any problems; I’ve come with the intention of playing to have the maximum of time on the pitch, to show what I am capable of doing. Here it is, I had to also consider other things, I had to think seriously as I did not want to leave and end up not getting sufficient playing time, I thought seriously about it and chose Newcastle.”
The camera take you to the weights room with the comments that they are not pretending for the cameras and there will be some hard work, the new French players expect to suffer!
“This is a new culture with another way of playing football, I’ve arrived in January and it is to bring what I can do. I don’t think it is a different of standard, it is more in the head, and if you want to succeed and show what you can do, you will get there.”
The video takes you to the St.James’ Park changing room where there is mention of the French National Team –
“Why not, by being good and efficient, the door is not closed for me so who knows?”
It is mentioned that maybe another reason for coming to Newcastle could be to have more chance of getting in the French squad!
The camera then follows Sissoko in the changing room next to his named NUFC shirt.
“Certain things happened with the President and I was unable to play the last match for Toulouse against PSG, I was frustrated, after all it was his choice, I had to accept it, it was difficult, there you have it ”voila!!” (which they say all the time!!) I will always remember my great ten years at Toulouse, as I am saying now today I am a Newcastle player, I am hoping to do as well as I did for Toulouse, by coming here one could say you’ve moved to another level, I’ll have the opportunity of playing against Manchester City, Manchester United, this is brilliant for a player. If I came here it is to play that sort of games, I am going to represent the Geordies!”
The club is expecting great things from their French recruits…..