Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has confirmed that he is not looking to sell centre back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in the near future, as reported by Sky Sports.

Yanga-Mbiwa has been at St James’ Park for less than 12 months but has come under scrutiny from pundits and fans for his performances so far this season.

Pardew backed the defender who was sent off yesterday for a foul on Luis Suarez with the Toon 1-0 up at home to Liverpool and the game ended 2-2.

With just 28 appearences under his belt so far, Pardew is adamant that the best is still to come from the centre back who is fighting for a place in the French side for their World Cup play-off game next month.

“Everybody has the right to an opinion, but that particular one is not an opinion I share.

“We paid a lot of money for him and you’re looking for a bit of character in a player in this situation. That’s what we’ve seen from him.

“If you take a defender out of the side, you have to say why and give them some solutions. I’d like to think I’ve done that for him and we need to get the kind of performance out of him that he’s put in for this club in the past.

“It’s very difficult for defenders to adjust to the Premier League, much more so than for attackers because I think the intensity catches them out.

“He’s come out of the side, had a look at it and now he’s back in again. I’d like to think he’ll show his character.”

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