Newcastle United reject called up to France squad after injury to Arsenal star

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has been called up to the France squad after good form for loan club AS Roma.

When Newcastle United snapped up Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Montpellier in 2013 they were seemingly getting one of Europe's most coveted defenders.

The likes of Arsenal and AC Milan had previously been linked with his signature but it was Newcastle who snapped him up for £8.5 million.

He added to the club's ever growing French contingent - but did not go on to achieve success at St James Park.

He never truly established himself as a first team regular and this summer Yanga-Mbiwa signed for Italian club AS Roma on a season-long loan, with an option to make the move permanent for £4.5m on top of the £1m loan fee

The Giallorissi boss Rudi Garca knew him from his time in France and was more than happy to take him on board. It has proved a success. Much like the move of Gervinho to Rome, Yanga-Mbiwa has looked much better since arriving at the Stadio Olimpico - and recently shone in a game against Manchester City in the Champions League.

Now he has been awarded for that good form.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny had to pull out of the France team today after suffering with chronic Achilles tendinitis and Didier Deschamps decided to call up Yanga-Mbiwa to the France squad - for the first time since February 2013 - for the upcoming fixtures with Portugal and Armenia.

Roma are believed to be already considering exercising their right to buy the player and it would certainly seem Newcastle never quite got the best out of the 25-year-old defender.

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