Papy Djilobodji recently completed his €9.4m move from Chelsea to Sunderland, as he became David Moyes’ first signing at the Stadium of Light.
The 27-year-old joined Chelsea only last summer in a €3.5m move from Nantes in France, but managed just one appearance under Jose Mourinho before being sent out on loan to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen.
The Senegalese defender has been speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe after his move to Sunderland.
Djilobodji revealed he had a chat with David Moyes before moving to Sunderland, and it was enough for him to make a decision.
He said: “I am really happy and I will give everything for this club. I hope to have playing time, but the coach (David Moyes) called me.
“It was important for me and it encouraged me to come here. We did not talk about a starting spot, but he told me he wanted me in his team. That was motivating. It was something that I haven’t heard at Chelsea.”
The new Sunderland signing reveals he never went to Jose Mourinho to ask him to give him playing time, despite his assistant asking him to do so.
He added: “I’m not the type of player to go to the coach to ask him to play me, I’ve never done that.
“An assistant of Mourinho told me to talk to him but no, I did not. What I show in training, for me, that’s enough. After, if he wants to play me, is good. And if it does not play me, no worries, I stay on the bench quietly. I was not at all depressed and I was supported.”
It seems Djilobodji has maintained a perfect attitude despite not being given a fair chance at Chelsea.