Youssouf Mulumbu is taking legal action against agent Olivier Belesi Djesi who reportedly stole over £860,000 – around €1 million – from him.

The 32-year-old and Congo teammate Distel Zola lodged the complaint against the Congolese intermediary in the belief that they both were cheated from money they had earned.

Zola claims that he was scammed out of almost €50,000 after he signed Djesi as a power of attorney to safeguard his earnings.

Mulumbu, who previously played for Celtic and Kilmarnock, filed a civil suit for "forgery and fraud” with Zola against Djesi in France.

He told French sport newspaper L'Equipe: "From 2009 to 2017, I wanted to trust so-called competent people, but they simply cheated and stole up to one million euros from me.

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“My mistake was not to trust someone qualified. I realised it when I returned to Paris.

"I wanted to find out how much I had saved, and then I saw that I had nothing.

“I blame myself. I was naive. I should not have trusted. I’m not the only one.

"That’s why I’m speaking out so that the younger generations are cautious and do not fall into the same trap.”

However, Djesi's lawyer refutes the allegations, arguing that the pair are just trying to get money since Zola is currently out of a club and Mulumbu is retired.

He said: “These are former players, who have not anticipated the end of career, and who are trying to find a scapegoat in the person of Mr. Belesi."

Mulumbu retired after captaining his final game for Congo African Cup of Nations in Egypt and Zola has left FC Tours.

After featuring at West Brom and Paris Saint-Germain, Mulumbu played for the Hawthorns under Steve Clarke before moving to Rugby Park with him.

He played a sensational season for Kilmarnock before moving to Celtic. However, he only played three games in his time there.