Djilobodji explains how Moyes phone call helped convince him to join Sunderland

Sunderland manager David Moyes

Papy Djilobodji moved to Sunderland from Chelsea on Friday.

DjilobodjiPapy Djilobodji in action for Nantes

New Sunderland signing Papy Djilobodji has opened up about a phone call that he received from Black Cats boss David Moyes which helped convince him to join the club, as reported by L'Equipe.

The 27-year-old Senegal international moved to the Stadium of Light from Chelsea for a fee in the region of £8 million after spending the second half of last season on loan in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen. 

The former Nantes man spoke to L'Equipe about one of the deciding factors behind his decision to move to the North East.

Sunderland manager David Moyes posesSunderland manager David Moyes 

"David Moyes called me," he said. "It was important for me and it encouraged me to come here. We did not talk about a starting spot, but he told me he wanted me in his team. That was motivating. It was something that I haven’t heard at Chelsea.”

Djilobodji is a versatile player and is equally as comfortable playing in both defensive and midfield roles, although he was utilised as a centre-back in every appearance for Werder Bremen last season.

With holding midfielder Jan Kirchhoff already at the club, it is likely that the Senegalese has been brought to compete for a central defensive spot, especially with the future of Lamine Kone far from certain.

Sunderland manager David Moyes posesSunderland manager David Moyes 

Djilobodji finished off by saying he is determined to prove his worth on the training ground, and only his efforts there will impact his chances of gaining regular first-team football.

"What I show in training, for me, that’s enough," he said. "After, if he wants to play me, is good. And if it does not play me, no worries, I stay on the bench quietly."

Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji during a loan spell at Werder Bremen Djilobodji during a loan spell at Werder Bremen

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