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Montpellier Confirm Centre-Back Move To Newcastle

8 years ago
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Montpellier have officially announced that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has signed for Newcastle United.

Their official club website has confirmed that the centre-back has played his 219th and final match for the French club and has now signed for United, subject to the usual medical.

Before departing, the player gave a long interview for the Montpellier fans (translation by Pierre) but the pertinent question for our Mag readers was:

Why England?

“England was a childhood dream …”

“Yes I am about to tackle a mountain. It is something I was expecting and that I wanted to do, now it is for me to go and discover. It is a country where everybody loves football, everybody lives for football, everyone plays football. I really want to experience this culture. It’s like discovering the Champions League or the Championship, it’s part of the things you want to discover as a player … I hope that things will turn out well for me.”

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Nutured by the club from arriving at the age of 13, he is native from Bangui (Bangui is the capital of and the largest city in the Central African Republic).

He is hardworking, strong, rigorous and applies himself.

His nickname is “Map”.

He is as ‘effective on the pitch as he is discreet in life’.

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