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Defender eyes Toon springboard to Milan

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa sees a move to Newcastle United as a springboard to achieving his dream, which is to represent Italian giants Milan.

The France international is regarded as one of the best talents in Ligue 1, having captained Montpellier to a first ever league title last season. A number of clubs are said to be interested in signing the defender, most notably Newcastle whose manager Alan Pardew is thought to have made an enquiry as to his availability.

Yanga-Mbiwa is in talks with his current employers about a new contract, but admits he could be tempted to quit the club and try his luck in the Premier League with the Magpies. However, he has also been linked with the Rossoneri, and it is clear he would consider St James Park as a stepping stone to the San Siro.   

"I know that Newcastle are also interested in me. Newcastle would be a great opportunity for me, and I would hope that eventually I could join Milan,” the 23-year-old told tuttomercato.  "Joining Newcastle before Milan would give me the chance to mature even more and gain more experience. We'll see what happens."

As it stands, Yanga-Mbiwa is under contract at Stade de la Mosson for another 12 months. Despite this, the French champions would still likely demand a fee in the region of £7million to consider letting their skipper leave before the 31 August deadline. 

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