Found him! Missing Sunderland defender unearthed; tragically pretending to be at the World Cup

Papy Djilobodji still hasn't reported for duty at Sunderland for pre-season training. He's due back on Wearside on Monday. But we've found out how he's been spending his World Cup.

by Brandon_Rawlin Friday, 29 June 2018 06:17 PM Comments

Defender Papy Djilobodji will be one of the last players to report for pre-season training at Sunderland. He isn't officially due to make his triumphant return to Wearside until Monday due to his loan spell at FCO Dijon not coming to an end until July 1st. 

The Senegalese centre back has spent the last few weeks following the progress of his country at the World Cup just like the rest of us - on the telly.

The 29-year-old made his return to the international fold earlier this year but was omitted from Aliou Cissé's final squad for Russia 2018.

Here he is belting out his nation's national anthem from his bedroom ahead of Senegal's game with England's next opponents, Colombia, earlier this week. 

Bless him. Wonder if he managed to collect all his teammates for his World Cup sticker album too?

Djilobodji was signed by the Black Cats in the summer of 2016 in an £8m deal from Chelsea. In his first season in the Premier League, the defender made 18 lacklustre appearances before joining Dijon on loan on transfer deadline day last August. 

The former Nantes man had a successful season in Ligue 1 and helped Les Mustards to a midtable finish. Sunderland reportedly paid a hefty chunk of his wages last season which has rendered him largely unaffordable for most French clubs long term. Djilobodji has been linked with another loan exit, this time to Trabzonspor for 2018-19.




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