Baggies receive Mulumbu boost
West Brom have been handed a boost with the news that Youssouf Mulumbu has signed a long-term deal with the club.
Last Updated: 25/07/11 5:49pm
West Brom have been handed a boost ahead of the upcoming season with the news that Youssouf Mulumbu has signed a long-term deal with the club.
The 24-year-old midfielder has signed a new three-year contract which will keep him at The Hawthorns until at least the summer of 2014, while there is also the option of a further 12 months in the club's favour.
The new-and-improved contract is just reward for the former Paris St Germain man following his outstanding form during the second half of last season.
The DR Congo international netted four goals in the final ten games of the campaign to help the Baggies pull away from the drop zone and secure their highest Premier League finish of 11th.
After finishing as Albion's seven-goal second-top scorer, his performances also saw Mulumbu voted as Player of the Season by the players and fans at the club's end of season Gala Dinner.
Welcoming Mulumbu's new deal, head coach Roy Hodgson said: "It is great that Youssouf has been rewarded for his efforts last season and that we have been able to persuade him that his future lies with West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.
"We're looking forward to seeing him build on his success of being named Player of the Season - and trying to confirm it again this season."
Mulumbu only signed his last deal in January and his current contract is his third extension in only 13 months.
The club's sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth added: "I'm delighted Youssouf has signed another new contract.
"I can remember when he first joined us, as a practically unknown from PSG two-and-a-half years ago, and he has come on in leaps and bounds since then.
"As we have previously stated, we are aiming to strengthen our squad this summer - not dismantle it - and we believe Youssouf will be a key player for us again this season.
"I'm sure he will now get his head down and continue the improvement he has shown since joining us."