MAPOU Yanga-Mbiwa made a mistake in joining Newcastle United, claims his former Montpellier president Louis Nicollin.
The French defender has struggled for his best form since signing for the Magpies in a £6.7m deal in january.
Yanga-Mbiwa has shown flashes of the performances which saw him skipper Montpellier to a surprise Ligue 1 title in 2012.
But he has also struggled to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League, and was hauled off at half-time against Everton after a disastrous 45 minutes.
He is still highly regarded at his former club, and Nicollin believes he could end up back at Montpellier.
When asked about the 24-year-old, Nicollin told L’Equipe: “I’m sorry for him. I love him a lot. He has followed the advice of his agent and he was wrong to leave.
“Don’t worry, he’ll come back to Montpellier.”
Yanga-Mbiwa was dropped for Newcastle’s last outing against Cardiff City, with Mike Williamson – who replaced him at half-time against Everton – taking his place alongside skipper Fabricio Coloccini.
But with Coloccini an injury doubt for Saturday’s game against Liverpool, the French international may come back into the team, with boss Alan Pardew faced with a choice between him and fit-again Steven Taylor to deputise should the skipper not be ready in time.
– ROSS GREGORY