Werder Bremen defender Papy Djilobodji has conceded there is no guarantee he will remain on the books at Chelsea beyond this season, reports FourFourTwo.
Prior to his Bundesliga loan move in January, the Senegalese made just a single 60-second substitute appearance for the Blues after arriving from Ligue 1 side Nantes last summer.
Despite being given next-to-no opportunity to prove his worth at Stamford Bridge, Djilobodji has hit the ground running at Bremen, playing a full 90 minutes in each of his five league appearances thus far and even netting the equaliser during a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim recently.
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The 28-year-old’s 13th-minute strike rescued a vital point for Viktor Skrypnyk’s side, who are in the thick of a relegation battle with 12 fixtures left to play this season.
Djilobodji is poised to make an important contribution to the club's survival campaign and insists his hopes of returning to play for Chelsea next season have taken a back seat for now.
"I do not know what will happen in the summer. For the moment, I play for Werder. I only concentrate on this task," he said.
"There are still four months remaining. We will work to remain in the league over the next few months. Then I go on holiday and then we will see.”
In light of how quickly Djilobodji has settled into life in Germany, Bremen CEO Thomas Eichin has expressed his desire to keep hold of the unwanted Blues star for another term on loan but ruled out the possibility of securing a permanent deal.
"If Chelsea look to sell him this summer, we’d be without a chance," he began. "But we’d be in the mix should they want to get him more playing time first.
"Signing Djilobodji was the right decision."
Chelsea could find themselves in short supply of centre-backs next season if Kurt Zouma takes longer than expected to recover from his serious knee injury and the club neglects to extend John Terry’s contract.