Sunderland confirm Papy Djilobodji exit

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Sunderland have officially parted company with defender Papy Djilobodji, the League One club have confirmed.

The Black Cats served notice on September 12 to terminate Djilobodji’s contract after he reported for training several weeks late and “comprehensively failed” a fitness test.

The two parties have now agreed a separation deal, confirmed in a brief statement on the club’s website on Wednesday.

It read: “Sunderland AFC has reached an agreement with Papy Djilobodji for his departure, his employment having terminated on 21 September 2018.”

The club previously reached a deal last month with midfielder Didier Ndong, who was also AWOL from pre-season training after Sunderland’s second successive relegation.

The club will be due compensation if and when Ndong signs for a new club.

Djilobodji made only 24 first-team appearances for the Black Cats following his £8million move from Chelsea in 2016, and spent last season on loan at Dijon.

Ndong signed for a club-record £13.6m in 2016, but failed to establish himself either at the Stadium of Light or during a loan spell at Watford.

Djilobodji made his name in the France league with Nantes, making over 170 appearances for the club during a five-year spell.

In 2015, however, he secured a lucrative move to Premier League giants Chelsea, but failed to register a single Premier League appearance for the Blues, eventually being shipped out on loan to German side Werder Bremen.

There, he made 14 league appearances, scoring two goals, but failed to earn a permanent move.

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He then joined Sunderland permanently in 2016, but following back-to-back relegations and ending up in League One, the Black Cats sent him out on loan to Dijon, where he made 29 league appearances.

He has made 13 senior appearances for his national side Senegal.

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