The recent Black Cats signing is delighted to have arrived at the Stadium of Light.
Djilobodji in action for Nantes
New Sunderland signing Papy Djilobodji has explained how delighted he was to sign for the Black Cats, telling L'Equipe of the contrast between his experience with his new side compared to his time at Chelsea.
Though he had just a single short appearance in his Blues career, the Black Cats reportedly paid considerably more than what Chelsea spent on him, with the Evening Standard suggesting Sunderland spent £8 million - £5.7 million more than it cost to sign the 27-year-old from Nantes.
“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.”
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Djilobodji explained that he was reluctant to ever knock on the door of Mourinho, who is now at Manchester United, while he was at Stamford Bridge, suggesting that he was determined to try and convince his manager in training that he should be playing.
“I’m not the type of player to go to the coach to ask him to play me, I’ve never done that," Djilobodji said.
“An assistant of Mourinho told me to talk to him but no, I did not. What I show in training, for me, that’s enough. After, if he wants to play me, is good. And if it does not play me, no worries, I stay on the bench quietly. I was not at all depressed and I was supported.”
Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji challenges during a loan spell at Werder Bremen
The Senegal international took in a loan spell in the Bundesliga last season, having struggled to feature at Stamford Bridge, and he went on to make a number of appearances for Werder Bremen. Djilobodji featured 16 times and scored twice as he helped the Green-Whites up the table.
Now Djilobodji has agreed to leave to Chelsea permanently, and it is hard to argue against the likelihood that he will get significantly more football at the Stadium of Light than if he would have stayed in London. The fact that Moyes has demonstrated a convincing and sincere approach in his pursuit of players is hugely encouraging for the club, and for Sunderland to have an honest and no-nonsense individual in charge will be a bonus as they look to do well in the Premier League in the coming season.
Sunderland manager David Moyes and assistant manager Paul Bracewell (R)