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Youssouf Mulumbu discusses difficulty in finding new club after Celtic release


Youssouf Mulumbu discusses difficulty in finding new club after Celtic release

The DR Congo midfielder has been picky with his pursuit of a new club.

Former Celtic midfielder Youssouf Mululmbu has been discussing his difficulties in finding a new club since his Parkhead exit in the summer. 

The DR Congo midfielder left Celtic in June, with the Bhoys boss Neil Lennon confirming to the Daily Mail that Celtic had exercised a break clause in his contract allowing him to leave on a free transfer. 

“Mulumbu is free. He is away, so there is not a future here for him.”

It came after a spell on loan at former club Kilmarnock for the player, who struggled to make an impact at Celtic following his move in the summer of 2018. 

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Youssouf Mulumbu of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park on September 20, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But Mulumbu remains out of employment and has been discussing his situation with Foot Mercato. 


The midfielder states that he has been training at Championship club Birmingham City and had offers from Turkey but was hoping to wait for something else. Unfortunately, the recent global health crisis has put paid to any potential new club for the 33-year-old, who is now open to all options. 

“I trained with the Birmingham team. Everything was going well and the virus stopped everything… 

“I was on loan from Celtic (at Kilmarnock). I went to the CAN (African Nations Cup). It went well. When I returned, there were requests in Turkey, but I wanted to stay in a competitive championship and aim for the Championship, League One…I was demanding. It’s a choice. We knew it could be risky, but if I had known (about the current global health crisis), I would probably have thought a little more about certain approaches.

“I am open to France. I am better known in the UK because I have spent most of my career here, but it is true that a challenge in France would be really tempting. Any type of project. The only thing is that I want to speak before with the coach because it is important to go into a project where you are useful and where we are counting on you.” 

Mulumbu seemed a shrewd piece of business when Celtic snapped him up from Kilmarnock in 2018. The former Premier League star was thriving under Steve Clarke and was one of the best performing midfielders in the Scottish top-flight. 

But he struggled to get game time at Celtic, playing just three times. 

Hopefully the 33-year-old can find a project once the transfer window is open again and enjoy the final years of his football career.

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