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Montpellier President – ‘Mapou Is An Ass For Joining Newcastle’

8 years ago

The transfer of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa looks to be a done deal but events surrounding the move have taken a strange twist with the president of Montpellier launching a strange attack on the player’s choice of club.

As you will see from his photo and words below, even in the very mad world of the English Premier League, Louis Nicollin would stand out.

Louis Nicollin, the President of Montpellier in an interview with L’equipe, thanks as always to Pierre, our invaluable translator.

Nicollin:  “If Mapou is an ass …”

Louis Nicollin is not going to “cry over” the departure of Yanga-Mbiwa to Newcastle, but he does not understand his choice. “It’s been a while since the page is turned,” he said about his defender.

The relationship seems to have been broken for a while between Louis Nicollin, President of Montpellier, and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

L’equipe “Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is expected at Newcastle on Tuesday to pass his medical. What does his departure signify?”

Louis Nicollin “He had agreed with my son (Lawrence Nicollin, Deputy Chairman of Montpellier) to leave if a club was interested. We will not cry. His head had gone at Montpellier, but it does not matter. He is not irreplaceable. The bottom line is that we will get some money back.”

Louis Nicollin “I think the manager (Pardew) has a lot to do with it. He will be transferred again next year”

L’equipe “His choice to join Newcastle surprises you?”

Louis Nicollin “If he is an ass, it is not my fault, but I think the manager has much to do with it.  Newcastle, this is really not a good choice… Me, it does not bother me. We will be free of him”.

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