Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa takes swipe at Newcastle United

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AS Roma defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has hit out at his parent-club, Newcastle United, by criticising the way they play football.

The Frenchman is on a season-long loan in Rome, but could make that temporary switch a permanent one in the Summer with a clause in the deal. Both parties agreed to the deal in September, and it could see the defender join the Italian side permanently for just £5 million.

England struggles

The 25-year-old was signed by Newcastle from French side, Montpellier, back in 2013, but he struggled to live up to his reputation and only managed to make 37 first-team appearances for the Toon Army.

Despite costing The Magpies £8.5 million, Yanga-Mbiwa could leave St James Park for £3.5 million less than that if Roma agree to signing him on a permanent basis.

Major interest

During his time at Montpellier, the Frenchman attracted interest from Premier League giants Arsenal, but instead chose to join Newcastle over fears about game-time at the Emirates Stadium.

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However, after failing to cement a first-team spot at St James Park, Newcastle boss, Alan Pardew, sent him out on loan for the season.

'Real Football'

Currently enjoying his spell in Italy, Yanga-Mbiwa has hit out at his parent-club and has admitted that he's finally happy playing football as he's involved in a team that play 'real football'.

"I had lost myself at Newcastle. Maybe it was too cloudy! It wasn't easy. Now I have found a bit of match fitness and a team that plays real football," he told Corriere dello Sport.

"Now I have found a bit of match fitness and a team that plays real football"

Since arriving in Rome, the Frenchman has also got himself back in the national-team and he believes he's finally getting back to his best.

"I need to be a little wary after the injury, but I'm slowly getting back to my best," he added.

The centre-back's recent comments may damage his reputation in Newcastle, so it's clear that he sees no future at the Premier League club.

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