Newcastle loanee enjoying life in Italy, says 'it's a pleasure' to work with his new boss

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Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is away on loan at Roma this season, and revealed how much he's loving playing under Rudi Garcia.

Newcastle's summer overhaul may have seen the likes of Daryl Janmaat, Jack Colback, Remy Cabella, Siem De Jong, Emmanuel Riviere, Facundo Ferreyra and Ayoze Perez arrive at St. James' Park, but manager Alan Pardew also had to let players leave as a result of the incomings.

One of the biggest departures - outside of Mathieu Debuchy's move to Arsenal - was Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa's exit.

The French centre back only arrived from Montpellier in January 2013, but had often been used out of position on Tyneside, with Pardew using him at right back rather than his usual centre back role.

That, unsurprisingly, led to him turning in a number of underwhelming performances, and when Roma came calling to take him on loan after the sale of star defender Mehdi Benatia to Bayern Munich, Newcastle agreed to let him leave, with a permanent deal worth a total of £5.5m agreed should be impress.

So far, the 25-year-old has impressed under manager Rudi Garcia, who was familiar with Yanga-Mbiwa when they were both in French football, Garcia with Lille and Yanga-Mbiwa with Montpellier - and after some great displays, he admits that he's loving working under his compatriot.

"I’ve known him since Lille," said Yanga-Mbiwa. "He has a very precise idea of football and it is a pleasure to work with him. He’s a good guy and gets the players at ease before a game."

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