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Troublesome Kamara leaves Fulham on loan

20:51 GMT+3 31/01/2019
Aboubakar Kamara Fulham 2018-19
The forward was suspended by his parent club after being arrested for an incident at their training ground

Fulham striker Aboubakar Kamara has joined Turkish Super Lig club Yeni Malatyaspor on loan for the rest of the season.

The deal is subject to international clearance and brings a turbulent chapter to an end at Craven Cottage.

Kamara, who scored five goals in 15 appearances across all competitions this term, became involved in an on-field spat with team-mate Aleksandar Mitrovic over which of them would take a penalty during last month's Premier League match against Huddersfield Town.

Jonas Lossl saved Kamara's spot-kick and, although Mitrovic spared his blushes by scoring a stoppage-time winner, manager Claudio Ranieri was critical after the match and accused the 23-year-old forward of showing disrespect.

Last week, Kamara was suspended by Fulham pending the outcome of an internal investigation, amid reports he was arrested following an incident at the club's training ground.

He leaves a relegation battle in west London for a Malatyaspor, who lie third in Turkey's top flight after 19 matches of a 34-match campaign.

Despite Kamara's actions, Ranieri said earlier today that he would welcome the forward back to training if a deal had failed to go through. 

Speaking to reporters before Kamara's departure was announced, Ranieri said: "I know there are negotiations between our club and the Turkish club.

"But I have told my club that if Aboubakar comes back I'm happy.

"I'm happy because he's a good player, of course he would have to stay a little quiet but he is a good player.

"I think if he comes back he will have understood the lessons and he will have to improve his attitude."

Fulham fans might be relieved that Kamara will not be given that chance after the turmoil in recent weeks, although the Cottagers were disappointed they failed to land Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill this month.

It has been reported Cahill failed to agree terms with Fulham, and is now likely to stay at Stamford Bridge for the remainder of the season.