Sunderland sign Djilobodji from Chelsea for £8million
Sunderland have announced the signing of defender Papy Djilobodji from Chelsea for an £8million fee.
The 27-year-old, who spent last season on loan with Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, has signed a four-year deal to become David Moyes’ first transfer since he took over as manager.
“Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of Senegalese international centre-back Papy Djilobodji from Chelsea FC for £8million,” the club confirmed via their official website.
Chelsea, in confirming his departure, added in a statement: “Chelsea Football Club thanks Papy for his service and wishes him well for the future.”
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Djilobodji moved to Stamford Bridge from Nantes in September last year, but made just one senior appearance for the club in a League Cup third-round win away to Walsall.
He made 16 appearances for Bremen after moving on a loan deal in January, and scored a late winner against Eintracht Frankfurt on the final day of the season to help his side avoid relegation, before returning to Chelsea to take part in pre-season.
In March, he accrued a three-game ban for making a throat-slit gesture at Mainz’s Pablo de Blasis during a 1-1 draw.