Thursday 23 November 2017

Mulumbu denies he wants to leave the Baggies

Youssuf Mulumbu
Youssuf Mulumbu

Nigel Whittaker

Youssouf Mulumbu will not be sanctioned by West Brom after appearing to criticise the club and suggest he was looking to join Arsenal during the January transfer window.

In an interview, the midfielder claimed Baggies team-mates were unprofessional and immature, adding he had been approached by Arsenal and is "ready to join a top-four club."

That is despite the fact the 26-year-old Congo international signed a new contract over the summer through to the end of the 2017 season.

Mulumbu – suspended for tonight's visit to The Hawthorns of Manchester City – is adamant his quotes were misinterpreted and he is "not very happy" about how his answers were reported by the French journalist concerned.

Despite the visitors' star-studded line-up, West Brom boss Steve Clarke maintains there is "no fear" within his squad as the Baggies look to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat at Newcastle.

Vincent Kompany is back to strengthen City's defence having been sidelined with a thigh injury since the win over Everton at the start of October.

With his side seeking only their second away win of the season, Pellegrini acknowledged the return of his captain and one of the side's most influential players is a boost, but insisted that the central defender's absence is not the reason they have picked up so few points on the road.

"Vincent is a very important player. He is a very good defender and, of course, we need him," said Pellegrini.

"We have other captains but all the team is happy with the return of the captain. But I repeat, we don't have as many problems in defending as the scores say and the results say."

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