After their loss to Bournemouth last weekend, Sunderland were officially relegated from the Premier League.
Since, David Moyes has explained he would consider his future at the club at the end of the season, and we can expect a spate of departures in the coming months, as certain players refuse to play in the Championship next season.
One of those players could very well be Paps Djilobodji, who arrived last summer in an £8m transfer from Chelsea after a successful loan spell in Germany with Werder Bremen.
The Senegalese defender, speaking to Stades, relayed by PressAfrik, explained his situation: “I would like to stay in the Premier League. The people who sort this stuff out are taking care of it and are working adequately towards it. For now, we want to end the season well even if we’re relegated.
“We need to respect the fans and the club staff. At the end of the season, I’ll go on holiday to stay with my family. From there, we’ll think about our future, but let’s not forget that I’m under contract with Sunderland.”
Being part of a team that gets relegated is never easy, especially after such a positive season last year in Germany, yet the player doesn’t regret returning to England, mostly because he didn’t really have a choice, as Bremen couldn’t afford what Chelsea were asking for.
Will he get over this disappointment? “Of course. I’m not the kind of guy to let go when things get hard. I’m a professional and never shy away from combat. I’m not weak. Those who know me know I’m mentally strong. I know how to give my best.
“Being relegated is both sad and a shame. We wanted to stay in the Premier League, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. It’s part of football. So we’re going to take it as an experience. It’s not great for the fans or the board and the players, but as I said, that’s the cruel law of football”.