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Sevilla complete M’bia loan deal

Sevilla have completed the loan signing of Cameroon international Stephane M’bia from English Championship side Queen’s Park Rangers.

“M’bia will be a Sevilla player for the new season,” said a statement on the club’s website. “The Cameronian arrives on loan for a year, with an option to buy. In case Sevilla take up their option to keep the player, the club have already agreed a deal for the next three seasons.”

M’bia is the Andalusians’ 12th new signing of the transfer window, but his arrival could mean the departure of another of the club’s stars.

French U-20 international Geoffrey Kondogbia is reported to be a target for Monaco. Sevilla have already sold Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Gary Medel this summer and have only taken one point from their opening two league matches.

Sevilla’s statement on M’bia’s arrival curiously also came with a message regarding continued transfer speculation surrounding Kondogbia.

“Sevilla insist that Mbia’s signing has nothing to do with the possible sale of Kondogbia and they are not linked,” posted the Andalucians yesterday evening.

“After the game against Slask, rumours soared of Kondogbia’s removal from the team for stomach problems.

“However, against Levante he came out at half-time and was one of the highlights of the second half, which, combined with yesterday joining the talk that Unai Emery had in view of the public before training, suggests that the club are taking all possible steps to convince the Under-20 world champion that staying with Sevilla this season would be good both for him and the club.

“The closure of the market will mark the end of this soap opera.”