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Citizens agree Mpenza deal

17 February 2007 02:51
Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign Emile Mpenza, with international clearance required to seal the Belgium striker's arrival at Eastlands. The 28-year-old is a free agent after leaving Al Rayyan in Qatar and has shown up well during a trial stint with the Citizens, earning a short-term deal running until the end of the season. Mpenza made his name in Belgium with Standard Liege and Excelsior Mouscron, as well as enjoying stints in the German Bundesliga with Schalke 04 and SV Hamburg. He headed to the Middle East just over a year ago, but is keen to get back to Europe and prove that his career is far from finished. He told a Belgian radio station: "I make this move as revenge, with respect to all those who criticised my decision to play in Qatar. "At 28 years of age I am not finished and I will prove it in Manchester. To play in England is to carry out a dream." Mpenza has scored 17 goals in 52 appearances for Belgium, with his brother, Mbo, having played one more game for the Red Devils than his younger sibling.

Source: ESA