46-game ex-Newcastle United star makes shock return to football six years after last match

One former Newcastle United player has made a surprising return to football after six years away from the senior game.
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Former Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has returned to club football after six years away from the senior game. The French international left Tyneside after just one-and-a-half seasons with the club back in 2014 after initially joining as part of Newcastle’s January 2013 ‘French Revolution’.

After leaving Newcastle, Yanga-Mbiwa moved to Roma initially on-loan before joining on a permanent basis. He lasted just six months there, however, as he then moved to Lyon in what was his last professional club.

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His last senior and competitive appearance for the Ligue 1 side came back in December 2017 with his last game at any level coming in 2020, however, he is now back with French fifth-division side Istres FC. Istres have only ever had one season in France’s top-flight and were relegated down seven divisions a decade ago due to financial troubles.

Speaking about his return to football, the 34-year-old said: “The project is interesting and I wanted to get back into the field. I will bring my experience and pass it on to young people.”