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Youssouf Mulumbu joins Kilmarnock till end of season

Former PSG and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu has joined Kilmarnock till the end of the 2017-18 season.

The 30-year-old who was on parade for Norwich City last season, made 13 appearances as the Canaries finished eighth in the second tier of the English League.

Mulumbu who spent six seasons with West Bromwich Albion agreed to reunite with his former boss at the Hawthorns after impressing in a two-week trial.

“Kilmarnock Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Youssouf Mulumbu on a deal until the end of the season,” the club wrote.

“The 30-year-old has sealed a reunion with Steve Clarke after the pair worked together at West Bromwich Albion.

“After spending two weeks training with Killie, Youssouf sat down to speak to the official website about becoming Steve Clarke’s first signing and his aims for the season.

“An international transfer certificate has been received and so Youssouf is available to feature in Sunday’s match with Aberdeen.

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“Everyone at Kilmarnock FC welcomes Youssouf to Rugby Park and wishes him the best of luck during his time here.”

The right-footed midfielder could make his debut when the Rugby Park outfit welcome Aberdeen for their next league fixture on Sunday.

Steve Clarke’s men are placed 10th in the Scottish Premier League with 12 points from 14 games.

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Man Utd offered hope as agent admits it ‘feels like the end’ for Griezmann at Atletico

Antoine Griezmann could soon be on the move, with his former agent admitting that it “feels like the end” for the Manchester United target at Atletico Madrid.

The France international forward appeared to be edging towards the exits over the summer, as the Red Devils were heavily linked with a move for his services .

Griezmann was, however, to commit to Atletico as they served a transfer ban, with a new contract signed in the Spanish capital.

The 26-year-old has endured a dip in form since then, though, and a man who helped to put him on the path to stardom has suggested that a much-discussed transfer now appears to be on the cards.

Eric Olhat told French publication L’Equipe : “It’s a complicated situation for him but it feels like the end.

“I know him very well and we are still close, but to see him play at the level he has for much of this season means something is not right.

“Ok, he can change his mind of course and in football nothing is certain, but this feels like the end of his chapter with Atleti.”

Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid Roma Champions League

Griezmann was back among the goals in his latest outing, as Atletico saw off Roma 2-0 in the Champions League.

That effort was, however, his first in eight outings for the La Liga giants.

At the height of his struggles, Griezmann was subjected to jeers by the Atleti support – with whistles raining down on him during a derby clash with Real Madrid.

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Olhat believes that treatment could contribute to a departure, with a proven frontman having little to prove at the highest level.

He added: “He is very emotional, I am sure he took this poorly. He is a player who gives his all and doesn’t try to cheat anyone even if he has a bad day.

“The attitude of the fans will have hurt him, even if he says otherwise.”

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Martin flattered to learn of interest from Manchester rivals United and City

Aaron Martin admits interest from Manchester rivals United and City is “flattering”, but insists he is happy at Espanyol.

The 20-year-old full-back has seen his stock rise considerably on the back of a number of eye-catching performances for his club and Spain’s Under-21 side.

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A number of teams across Europe are now closely monitoring his situation, with leading outfits in the Premier League among the many suitors of a man who currently has a €30 million release clause.

Martin is delighted to learn that he is a talent in demand, but has sought to play down the mounting exit talk by committing himself to Espanyol.

He told the club’s official website: “The interest from other teams it flattering.

“But the truth is I am only thinking of Espanyol and I am very happy to be here, I feel that I am improving here and I enjoy helping my teammates.

“It’s important for me to play every week and to help the team, to keep pushing myself to improve as a player in the top league.

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“My rise into the first-team has not changed me as a person, I like to keep m feet on the ground and continue to improve.”

Martin is tied to a contract in Catalunya until 2020.

He agreed to that deal before making his La Liga bow, with a promotion to the senior fold at Espanyol only secured in 2016.

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Man Utd’s next No.7? Pastore favoured over Griezmann in Cantona’s eyes

Manchester United should be looking to make Javier Pastore their next No.7, not Antoine Griezmann, according to Eric Cantona.

The Red Devils spent much of the summer being heavily linked with the Atletico Madrid forward, only to see the Frenchman stay put and commit to fresh terms.

Speculation regarding a possible switch to Old Trafford continues to rumble on, though, with Griezmann having recently conceded that he could make his way to Manchester at some stage.

He would be a welcome and proven addition to Jose Mourinho’s squad – and a man who has expressed a desire to grace a jersey once donned by David Beckham – but a United legend who once wore that shirt himself believes Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Pastore should also be considered.

Pressed by the FullTimeDEVILS on their YouTube channel as to who would be a worthy recipient of an iconic number at the Theatre of Dreams, Cantona said: “I love Pastore.

“He plays for Paris but he doesn’t play in the team. They have two great players – Pastore and [Hatem] Ben Arfa and neither of them play.”

Javier Pastore PSG to Manchester United

Cantona added on whether Griezmann would be capable of filling a similar deep-lying post: “Yes, why not? But Pastore is very special.

“Pastore will surprise you every time. Every time he touches the ball he surprises you – he gives the ball to someone no-one had seen before. He surprises all the fans.

“I think he is a great player. He played for Argentina, which is a great country – but he doesn’t play for Paris, which is a small club.”

Pastore has been with PSG since 2011, having become one of the first high-profile signings following the arrival of Qatar Sports Investments.

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He has made 236 appearances for the club, but has seen game time dwindle in recent years.

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An influx of other forward-thinking talent has nudged him down the pecking order and out of favour.

PSG now boast the likes of Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, Lucas Moura and Julian Draxler on their books, leading to Pastore taking in just five outings this season.

He has been heavily linked with a move elsewhere, with Liverpool another possible landing spot in the Premier League to have been mooted.

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‘For f***’s sake’ – Angry Neymar storms away from Real Madrid questions

Neymar swore at journalists and stormed away from an interview after being questioned about reports linking him with a sensational move from Paris Saint-Germain to Real Madrid.

The Brazil star became the world’s most expensive footballer when PSG paid Madrid’s Clasico rivals Barcelona €222 million for his services.

And Neymar has been quick to begin repaying that, having a hand in 21 goals in his first 14 games for the French giants, who sit top of Ligue 1 and their Champions League group after a blistering start to the season.

Neymar’s PSG career has not been all plain sailing to date, with rumours of rifts between him and striking partner Edinson Cavani, as well as coach Unai Emery.

All parties have been swift to play down such talk, but it has not stopped suggestions emerging that Madrid could make a stunning swoop for the star striker.

However, when Neymar was asked about the reports after his two-goal show in PSG’s 7-1 destruction of Celtic on Wednesday, he was less than impressed.

“For f***’s sake,” he is widely quoted as saying. “Have you got nothing else to talk about?”

The thrashing of Celtic at the Parc des Princes maintained PSG’s three-point lead over Bayern Munich in Group B. They need a point at the Allianz Arena on matchday six to guarantee top spot.

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