Monday, September 25, 2017
Sunderland outcast Papy Djilobodji has claimed he turned down the chance to stay in England this summer before joining Dijon on loan.
However, Djilobodji has now revealed that he was offered the chance to remain in the English top flight just a day before his switch to Dijon was announced.
He told L’Equipe: “On 30th August, when I had already given my word to Dijon, a Premier League club contacted me. But I did not see myself going back on my word.
“I felt the [Dijon] president and the coach were 100 per cent motivated to sign me and I absolutely want to give them their confidence.”
Djilobodji has had a mixed experience in England since arriving at Chelsea from Nantes in September 2015.
He made just one appearance for the Stamford Bridge club before he was sold onto Sunderland a year later for £8m.
However, he played just 18 Premier League games last term as the Black Cats were relegated.