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Here today gone tomorrow: Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo

Yulu-Matondo leaves the Shakers after one day. (©GettyImages)
Yulu-Matondo leaves the Shakers after one day. (©GettyImages).

Bury fans must have thought they were dreaming this week. 

First, they finalised a deal for former England under-21 international Tom Soares, who had been at the club on non-contract terms following his release from Stoke in the summer.

Then, the Shakers brought in 27-year-old former Belgian under-21 international Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo - who has a Champions League goal to his name - on non-contract terms.

How soon the bubble bursts though, as Yulu-Matondo was out of the door at Gigg Lane no sooner than he had shook hands with his new teammates. The deal was agreed on Monday following a successful three-week trial with the club, but manager Kevin Blackwell decided to let the Belgian go following an outing in a reserve game with Bolton.

Blackwell told the club's official website: "If he had shown something in that game, I might have been able to throw him on the bench - he's on the next flight to Brussels."

He's not the first to leave a club in such a hurry though, as we look at five other players who have made a quick departure, with one or two pushed towards the exit door.

Dietmar Hamann

Having been allowed to leave Liverpool, ‘the Kaiser’ was set for a move to Bolton having agreed terms, and shook hands on a deal only for the German to change his mind and hop across town to join Manchester City.

Sol Campbell

After quitting Portsmouth in 2009, former England international joined the Notts County revolution under Sven-Goran Eriksson only to quit one month and only one appearance later. Campbell subsequently took in spells with Arsenal and Newcastle before hanging up his boots in 2011.

John Obi Mikel

The Nigerian midfielder had agreed a deal to join Manchester United form Norewgian outfit Lyn Oslo in 2005, even appearing in a United shirt at a press conference to confirm his move to Old Trafford. Chlesea claimed they had already struck a deal for Mikel and that he had been forced to join United against his will. A court battle ensued and Mikel eventually moved to Stamford Bridge in 2006, with Chelsea having to pay United £12m  to secure his services.

Richard Wright

Over the summer, Richard Wright – a free agent having left his hometown Ipswich - decided to move to Preston North End. Only one week after joining the club, he cancelled his contract as he felt homesick and couldn't cope with being away from his family. Wright then moved to Preston’s north west neighbours Manchester City at the end of August . . .

Ali Dia

Ali Dia joined Southampton in 1996 after manager Graeme Souness received a supposed phone call from FIFA World Player of the Year, George Weah. The former AC Milan striker recommended that Souness take a chance on his 'cousin'. Suitably convinced, Dia signed a one-month deal and was on the bench after only one training session, replacing Matt Le Tissier to make his debut after half an hour. Dia was subbed himself following what Le Tissier described as a "comical performance". Dia was never seen again at The Dell, but did turn up at Gateshead for eight appearances.

 

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