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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms