Football 'imposter' faces credit card fraud charges

Medi Abalimba allegedly pretended to be Chelsea player Gael Kakuta Credit: PA

A man has been charged with committing credit card fraud while pretending to be a Premier League footballer.

Medi Abalimba allegedly purported to be Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta. It is claimed he ran up a tab of about £5,000 at a nightclub in Manchester.

The 25-year-old is said to have again pretended to be the 23-year-old France youth international when he attempted to buy clothing worth more than £20,000 at the Trafford Centre.

Abalimba has been remanded into custody following a first court appearance.

Kakuta signed for Chelsea in 2007 and has joined Spanish team Rayo Vallecano on loan for the 2014/15 season.