A number of major outlets reported that Thomas Partey had converted to Islam and changed his name to Yakubu, but the Arsenal man was merely having a laugh.

Arsenal's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leicester City at The Emirates Stadium in London on March 13, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leicester City at The Emirates Stadium in London on March 13, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Led by the Daily Mail, a number of outlets declared this week that, after marrying a Muslim, Thomas Partey had converted from Christianity and would take the name ‘Yakubu’ although he would continue to be known as Thomas Partey in the world of football.

Mail online snippet that reads Thomas Partey reveals he has changed his name to Yakubu after marrying his Muslim wife and changing religion - but midfielder will still be referred to as Partey when playing for Arsenal and continue wearing Thomas on his jersey Thomas Partey has changed his name to Yakubu after marrying Sara Bella The Arsenal midfielder converted from Christianity to Islam earlier this year But the 28-year-old Ghanaian will keep Thomas on the back of his Arsenal shirt
Mail online snippet that reads: Thomas Partey reveals he has changed his name to Yakubu after marrying his Muslim wife and changing religion – but midfielder will still be referred to as Partey when playing for Arsenal and continue wearing Thomas on his jersey Thomas Partey has changed his name to Yakubu after marrying Sara Bella The Arsenal midfielder converted from Christianity to Islam earlier this year But the 28-year-old Ghanaian will keep Thomas on the back of his Arsenal shirt.

The Arsenal man, however, was merely having a laugh and has not changed his name at all.

Originally, Partey said, “I have a girl I love, I know my side chicks will leave me but it’s no problem. I grew up with Muslims so at the end of the day, it’s the same thing. I’m already married and my Muslim name is Yakubu.”

Later, on Twitter, Partey then said, “Eei chale I was enjoying it but now am back to Thomas again

It appears he never changed his name at all, although, at the time of writing, few outlets have corrected their original articles or issued an update.

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