Sunderland boss Jack Ross says he has not met Didier Ndong

Sunderland manager Jack Ross celebrates with the fans on the final whistle during the Sky Bet League One match between AFC Wimbledon and Sunderland at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on...

Didier Ndong has been at Sunderland since the summer of 2016.

Sunderland manager Jack Ross during the Checkatrade Trophy Northern Group A match between Sunderland and Stoke City U21 at Stadium of Light on September 4, 2018 in Sunderland, United...

Sunderland manager Jack Ross has revealed to The Chronicle that he has not met midfielder Didier Ndong.

Ross has also suggested that he met 29-year-old defender Papy Djilobodji just once, with the Senegal international having recently been dismissed by Sunderland, as announced on the League One club’s official website.

According to The Chronicle, the Black Cats still have to make a decision on the future of Ndong.


The 24-year-old Gabon international - has been on the books of Sunderland since the summer of 2016 when he joined from Lorient for a transfer fee reported by The Chronicle to be worth £13 million - has reportedly refused to report for training since last season.

Ross told The Chronicle: “I only met Papy for the first time and I’ve never met Didier, so it’s been pretty simple for me to be honest.

“I know it sounds a bit cold, but they never came across my path so I never had the opportunity to gauge them, either as individuals or as players.”

Didier N'Dong warms up during a Sunderland AFC training session at The Academy of Light on December 20, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Startling revelations

It is quite startling that Ross met Djilobodji just once, and that the Sunderland manager has not even met Ndong, who is still a player for the club.

Ross, though, does not seem to be in need of the duo, as the Black Cats are doing quite well at the moment.

Sunderland are fourth in the League One table at the moment with 15 points from seven matches, four points behind leaders Peterborough United.

Marcus Edwards of Tottenham Hotspur takes on Papy Djilobodji of Sunderland during the Premier League 2 match between Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur at Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground on...

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