Newcastle not the right choice for Yanga-Mbiwa, suggests France coach Deschamps

The former midfielder bemoans Ligue 1 players switching to clubs in the lower reaches of the Premier League and hopes that the former Montpellier captain can earn a bigger move
France manager Didier Deschamps has suggested that moving to Newcastle may be the wrong choice for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

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The former Montpellier captain was linked with AC Milan and Arsenal in the summer but moved to St James' Park on Tuesday, where he has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal.

Fellow France international Loic Remy completed a move to the Premier League's bottom club, QPR, earlier in January and Deschamps believes that players from Ligue 1 should be switching to better clubs.

He told L'Equipe21: "The last Premier League team can buy any Ligue 1 player.

"Yanga-Mbiwa? I don't know if he did the right choice. We'll see. I think he didn't have any choice.

"If Real Madrid, Juventus, or Bayern Munich came knocking, then he wouldn't choose Newcastle.

"Newcastle could also be a springboard for him."