Dieumerci Mbokani justifies failed Olympiakos medical

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The 31-year-old Leopards striker will not be moving to Karaiskakis Stadium on loan

Congolese attacker Dieumerci Mbokani reportedly failed his medical last week and will not be joining Olympiakos.

Mbokani, 31, was poised to sign for the Super League club from Premier League side Hull City where he spent the season on loan, but the move fell through, leading to his return to Ukraine with mother club Dynamo Kyiv.

Initial reports claimed the move to Olympiakos collapsed due to Mbokani failing a medical. However, the former Norwich striker refuted such claims during an interview with The DH, saying it was because ‘Olympiakos could not come to an agreement with Dynamo Kyiv’.

Although he admitted to having problems with his knees, Mbokani insisted that the sole reason for the failed move was the transfer fee.

"The truth is that the Olympiakos could not come to an agreement with Dynamo Kyiv,” he told The DH.

“ My small injury [he has a problem with the cartilage of both knees] does not prevent me from playing.

"Sometimes I will work with a personal coach to get back into shape.

"I do not see why I should give up, but my knees have been in the Premier League for two years, and you really think the Norwich and Hull medical tests are nothing like it.

“In Greece, my image has been dirty, while I am able to play at the highest level, despite the small glitch.

 "My knee was cleaned three years ago.”

Mbokani’s nightmare in Athens was headlined across all Greek newspapers after his unsuccessful move but he remains optimistic that all is not lost and that he still has a future in football.

"The press in Greece makes people believe that I am lost to football,” he added.

“But IVam convinced that I would have succeeded, and I made very big financial concessions in order to play for Olympiakos.

 "I am disappointed now because I was very excited about the idea of playing in the Champions League.

"My wife was very sad, my family was panicking, and the people in Congo were in shock and thought I would never play football again.

“My phone kept ringing, I had to reassure everyone."

Mbokani joined Kyiv from Anderlecht, where he scored 34 goals in 53 games, on a four-year deal in 2013.

He has also played, on loan, for Standard Liege, AS Monaco and VfL Wolfsburg.