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 disatrous 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.”