Newcastle transfers: Yanga-Mbiwa delighted to complete ‘dream’ move

Newcastle transfers: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa says it is a dream to move to the Premier League after joining the Magpies from Montpellier

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Yanga-Mbiwa is Pardew's second signing this January Photo: Back Page Images

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has admitted it is a dream come true to play in the Premier League after completing his move to Newcastle United from Montpellier on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old has penned a five-and-a-half year contract at St James’ Park, with the defender reported to have cost the Magpies around £6.7m.

Yanga-Mbiwa captained Montpellier to the Ligue 1 title last season, but the France international is relishing a new challenge in the English top-flight.

“It was a difficult decision (to leave Montpellier); it was the club that trained me, the club where I made my debut, where I got into the first team and where we won the championship,” Yanga-Mbiwa told Newcastle’s website.

“So it was difficult to leave, but Newcastle held out their hand to me, they welcomed me. One day I had to leave and it has always been a dream to come and play in England.

“First of all Newcastle really showed that they wanted me a lot which was something that was obviously very important in me coming to Newcastle.

“Secondly, there were a lot of other French players here which is something which really helped me since I don’t know England too well. It helps me to settle into life here and to get used to football in this country.

“And also, very importantly, Newcastle is a massive club and it’s an honour to be here.”

Alan Pardew is also expected to complete a deal for Bourdeaux forward Yoan Gouffran after signing Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy earlier this month.

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