During the winter break, Sky Sport Italia broke the story that there was a clause in Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s loan agreement, which meant that if the Frenchman played twenty times during his loan spell then AS Roma are obliged to make the deal permanent with a £5.5m transfer fee.

This news was covered widely in the Italian press with the expectation that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was on the verge of completing a permanent move to AS Roma once the January window opened.

mapou yanga-mbiwaMoving on loan to Rome just before the summer transfer window closed, the French international had become Roma’s best and most consistent defender.

Getting his chance early due to injury, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa kept his place and established himself in the heart of the defence.

In the process, the on loan defender played a total of seventeen times before that winter break in Italy, including two as a sub, winning back his place in the French national squad in the process.

The two matches before the winter break saw Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and his defensive team-mates continue their good work, keeping clean sheets against both Genoa and AC Milan.

The January transfer window opened but with no immediate permanent deal completed for the on-loan Newcastle defender.

Then to the amazement of both the Roma fans and the Italian press, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was dropped for the first game after the winter break against Udinese, then left on the bench for the derby with Lazio.

Over the course of the two matches, Roma used six substitutes in total but ignored Mapou.

The story emerging in Italy is that Roma are holding off playing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to avoid triggering the £5.5m buying clause and are giving themselves a couple of matches leeway in case they need him in an emergency.

The Italian club hoping that they negotiate a better deal in the summer or preferably this month.

Any chance of Mike Ashley agreeing to buy in January appears to rest on funds being generated by the sale of players, if players who aren’t wanted such as Mapou can’t be sold on this month, then the chances of seeing a much needed striker and/or (ironically) a centre-back appear to be minimal.

With Roma only three points behind leaders Juventus and nine points clear of the third placed club, it will be interesting to see how Mapou’s loan club react if either Astori or Manolas (the pair who have played the last two matches) get injured.

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  • Monument Mal

    We desperately need a centre back…..bring him home

  • ToonBano

    New manager might bring him back….keep benching him Roma thanks

  • Maximus Moose

    Ha Ha Roma trying to pull a stroke on Big Mike, Not a chance ! Arrivederci Roma

  • ash1001

    New Coach = New Chance for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, maybe, but worth a punt. just recall him, but no doubt there will be no recall clause in the load agreement. 

    Aren’t the higher-up’s at NUFC just brilliant, what a way to run a football club.

    Quick on on Remy Garde, if he is the chosen one, but does not want to come until the summer, then in my opinion his commitment  to NUFC is Nil, look elsewhere. but please not JC.

  • NatTurner

    Odd if true as £5.5m seems a bargain for a French International Defender who is also your “best and most consistent” defender. 

    But I’d guess a majority of the fans would prefer Mapou’s services to Mike Williamson’s for the rest of the season, so hopefully this will turn into good news for the Toon.

  • prestondave

    Fatty getting a taste of his own medicine. Feel sorry for Mbiwa though. Who would be a footballer eh.?

  • Toonbadger

    Recall him and play him instead of Willo
    It aint rocket science

  • Steve1221

    If he was playing as well as this article suggests then I really don’t think a club the size of Roma would be dropping him over a million or so, seems more like anti Pardew/NUFC nonsense to me.

  • Greekgeordie

    Why people over complicate issues Mapou was dropped as Astori and Manolas are much better defenders, simple as that.
    I was recently in Rome and a guest of a Rome season ticket holder, he confirmed the above, he also added that Mapou is ok as a squad member but not one of our main defenders, he played a lot recently due to a number of injuries.
    So derive your conclusions from the above remarks, Mapou was not happy at Newcastle and his performances confirmed it, he might be better than Willo but definitely no better than Colo, STaylor or Dummet in the centre position. and as we all know no versatility.