Senegalese Defender Djilobodji Joins Chelsea

Chelsea FC have completed the signing of Papy Djilobodji from Nantes on a four-year deal for a reported fee of £4m.

The Senegal international centre-back was in the last year of his contract at the French club, where he had made more than 160 appearances.

Djilobodji told Chelsea’s website: “I’m very happy to sign for a big club like Chelsea and I want to do my best to help the team win titles. I want to thank the club for giving me this opportunity.”

The 26-year-old, who can also play as a midfielder, was a key member of Nantes team which won promotion back to the Ligue 1 in the 2012-13 season.

Papy Djilobodji Joins Chelsea from Nantes. Image: Getty via CFC.
Papy Djilobodji Joins Chelsea from Nantes. Image: Getty via CFC.

He started his career at Senegalese club ASC Saloum before making the move to Europe in October 2009 to sign for Senart-Moissy – then in the French fourth division.

Djilobodji joined Nantes aged 21 two months later and immediately sealed a place for himself in the squad.

He has been capped 12 times on the international stage, including two appearances at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

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