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Wednesday 17 July 2013

Youssouf Mulumbu signs new West Brom deal

Baggies midfielder says he is determined to improve after agreeing contract extension

  • Mulumbu joined West Brom from Paris St Germain in 2009

Youssouf Mulumbu has signed a contract extension which commits him to West Bromwich Albion until 2016.

The 26-year-old box-to-box midfielder has become a fan favourite since joining the Baggies from Paris Saint-Germain four years ago. He initially joined West Brom on loan before signing a permanent deal in the summer of 2009.

Mulumbu played an important role in helping West Brom win promotion back to the top flight in the 2009/10 season and has made a total of 103 Barclays Premier League appearances for the club, scoring 10 goals, his last arriving in the incredible 5-5 draw with League champions Manchester United in the final match of last season.

"We all need to produce another good season"
Youssouf Mulumbu

"This is good news for everyone connected with West Bromwich Albion," manager Steve Clarke told the club's website. "Youssouf is a talented player and the fact he is willing to sign a contract extension shows we're doing the right thing as a club.

"Youssouf is an important player for the group – the number of games he's played in the past few seasons underlines this fact.

"The really pleasing thing is that Youssouf should now be coming into his best years as a footballer and will hopefully spend them here."

Mulumbu has signed a two-year deal, plus a further one-year option in the club's favour and he says he is determined to build on his impressive performances.

"I think this deal puts me under a little bit of pressure because I need to improve again," he said.  "We all need to produce another good season.

"We've improved every year I've been here. In the Barclays Premier League, we’ve finished 11th, 10th and eighth and I’'m really looking forward to the new season, as I think we have brought a good element with Nicolas [Anelka] signing."

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Key Points

  • West Brom's Youssouf Mulumbu signs new contract
  • Midfielder agrees two-year deal with the club having the option of another year
  • 26-year-old says he now needs to improve