Djilobodji ‘gave everything’ and baffled by Chelsea move

Date published: Thursday 28th January 2016 10:35

Papy Djilobodji: Defender has left on loan

Papy Djilobodji: Defender has left on loan

Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji says he “gave everything” and is mystified as to why things didn’t work out for him at Chelsea.

The 27-year-old was signed from Nantes for £3million at the start of the season, but made just one appearance for the Blues, as a substitute in September’s Capital One Cup win over Walsall, before being added to the long list of Chelsea loanees after heading to Werder Bremen.

Asked about his lack of game, Djilobodji told German paper Bild: “Really I do not know. I gave everything.

“I was very relieved to be able to play again. And it has really worked out well . I just felt like playing. Football is my life.”

Djilobodji made his full debut for Werder Bremen over the weekend as they defeated Schalke 3-1 and he says he has settled in well.

“The first impression is good. The people are friendly. It is important to adapt to the culture. I’m curious, love to explore new cities or countries. I intend to also here in Germany,” added Djilobodji.

“The team is very good. And also all the people around the club are great. There is no reason why we will not play in the Bundesliga.”

The Senegal international, who signed a four-year contract upon his arrival at Chelsea, was a player that former Blues boss Jose Mourinho admitted he did not sign.

In September Mourinho said: “It was not my choice. It was the choice of somebody I trust completely.

“I don’t know every player. My job doesn’t allow me to travel, doesn’t allow me to spend hours and hours watching players.”

Djilobodji arrived on transfer deadline day in the summer along with fellow defender Michael Hector, who was immediately loaned back to Reading, after Mourinho failed to land Everton star John Stones.

Despite Mourinho describing Djilobodji as a “useful” addition he was afforded just a minute of action before Mourinho was axed and the player offloaded to the Bundesliga.

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