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Wednesday 23 January 2013

Yanga-Mbiwa aims to add steel to Newcastle defence

Montpellier defender is club's second signing of window and signs deal to June 2018

Click the picture for a video of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa's first press conference at Newcastle

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa on a five-and-a-half-year deal.

The 23-year-old, who has three caps for France, is the club’s second signing from France this window after right-back Mathieu Debuchy joined from Lille.

"It is an honour to have the chance to play in the Premier League"
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

"It is an honour to be able to come to Newcastle United and have the chance to play in the Premier League," Yanga-Mbiwa, who will wear the No 13 shirt, told the Newcastle website. "Newcastle are one of the biggest clubs in the league, and I'm going to try and give everything I have so that the team can do well.”

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was delighted with the signing. "He is precisely the sort of player we've been looking to bring to the club,” he said. "He is a good age for us but has plenty of experience at club and international level.

"Mapou is a talented footballer, good in the air and on the ground and has all the attributes to succeed as a quality defender in the Premier League. He's a good character too and that will be important for us over the next few months."

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Key Points

  • Newcastle sign Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
  • The 23-year-old signs a five-and-a-half-year deal
  • Frenchman is honoured to play in the Premier League