Mulumbu persuaded Mbokani to choose Norwich City

Youssouf Mulumbu plays with Norwich's new signing for the Democratic Republic of Congo. Picture by P

Youssouf Mulumbu plays with Norwich's new signing for the Democratic Republic of Congo. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Dieumerci Mbokani has revealed that his international captain Youssouf Mulumbu has played a major role in persuading him to join Norwich City.

Congo international Dieumerci Mbokani. Picture: AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell

Congo international Dieumerci Mbokani. Picture: AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell - Credit: AP

Canaries midfielder Mulumbu, a summer signing from West Brom himself, plays alongside Mbokani for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The 29-year-old striker completed a season-long loan, with an option for a permanent deal, from Dynamo Kiev on Monday night – subject to a work permit being granted.

'I am very happy. I've always had a dream to play in England and I've realised that dream,' Mbokani said.

'For me this is the best moment to come here. I've now been through four leagues – France, Belgium, Germany and Ukraine. I decided with my family that we would come to England, so this is the moment for me.


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'I want to bring something extra to the club. First of all, I am a goal-scorer and I want to score goals. But I look forward to becoming part of this group, and I think working as a team I can become even stronger on the pitch.'

The strong centre-forward has previously played for Anderlecht, Monaco and Wolfsburg and is hoping to prove he belongs in the Premier League during his time at Carrow Road.

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'He (Mulumbu) was calling me all the time and telling me this would be a great team for me. He said if I came here I would score goals, so I decided to come,' he added. 'I've spoken to Alex (Neil), he is counting on me and he obviously played a large part in bringing me here. Now it is up to me to perform.

'I can say now that I feel good physically, but I am missing a bit of match fitness. I'm going to work hard in training and it will be up to the coach to decide how I am looking in training.'

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