Morecambe FC pay tribute following defender's death

Morecambe FC have paid tribute to Christian Mbulu after news emerged of his death on Tuesday.

Christian Mbulu joined Morecambe in January

The 23-year-old had only been with the club for four months after arriving in the January transfer window.

A Morecambe statement issued on Tuesday evening read: "Everyone at Morecambe FC is deeply saddened to learn of Christian’s death and would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this very sad time.

"He was only 23 and the news of his sudden and untimely passing has been a shock to us all.

"Christian came to the club in January and proved to be an extremely popular member of the squad.

"His loss will be painfully felt by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

"The club would ask everyone to respect Christian’s family’s privacy at this sad time."

Mbulu had also figured for clubs including Millwall, Motherwell and Crewe Alexandra prior to signing for the Shrimps.

Crewe said: "Christian was an immensely popular member of our dressing room and many of the players and staff continued to be in touch with him.

"When we visited Morecambe back in late February, you could see how popular he was with everyone at our club."

“This is truly shocking and tragic news and our hearts go out to Christian’s family and friends,” added Millwall academy director Scott Fitzgerald.

“All of us have so many fond memories of Christian from his time with Millwall and it had been so encouraging to follow his progress and development as a player from afar. We are truly shocked and saddened by this horrific news."

Motherwell chairman Jim McMahon said: “We are shocked to hear of the news of Christian’s death.

“He was such a friendly, pleasant and dedicated young man who we loved having around Fir Park.

“Our thoughts are with his family during this incredibly difficult time. We hope their privacy is respected by everyone as they try to come to terms with their loss.”