Newcastle Defender Completes Loan Move
As Roma have completed the loan signing of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa with the Italian league’s website legaseriea.it confirming that a contract had been deposited.
La Repubblica report that Roma have paid €1m plus up to €500,000 in bonuses for the year’s loan, with the option of making it permanent for a fee of around €5m (£4m) at the end of the season.
With no sign of anything incoming on deadline day, [intlink id=”46787″ type=”post”]Newcastle could offload another player on big wages in the shape of Hatem Ben Arfa to Hull[/intlink], with Sky Sports reporting the player in talks with Steve Bruce’s club. if there is a double departure and no players coming in, it will represent a depressing day for Newcastle supporters.
AS Roma are rescuing the defender from his Tyneside nightmare and no surprise that it is Rudi Garcia who is doing the rescuing.
The season before Mapou led Montpellier to the French title, it was Garcia who did the league and cup double with the outstanding team that he had built at Lille, before it was predictably decimated with talented players such as Hazard and Yohan Cabaye moving to England.
In his first season at AS Roma, Garcia has taken the Italian club from 6th to 2nd and from 62 points to 85, in the process guaranteeing Champions League football this season.
Despite Newcastle United and Alan Pardew’s attempts to destroy Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s career, Rudi Garcia obviously believes that that talented 22 year old rising star and leader still exists within the shackles and incompetence that have been visited upon the defender at St.James’ Park.
On arrival in Italy, Mapou was met by a posse of journalists and declared;
“I am very happy to arrive in Rome.
“I couldn’t wait to arrive, I have already spoken with Rudi Garcia on the phone.
“I am ready – Forza Roma.”
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