Papy Djilobodji wants to emulate Marcel Desailly at Chelsea

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Chelsea new boy Papy Djilobodji is keen to emulate former Stamford Bridge favourite Marcel Desailly. 

Djilobodji joined the Blues from French side Nantes on deadline day and is looking to become a success in West London. 

The Senegalese defender's chances were dealt an instant blow as he was left out of the club's Champions League squad, but the 26-year-old is keen to follow in the footsteps of the former Chelsea centre-back. 


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Desailly started his career at Nantes before joining Chelsea, via Marseille and AC Milan, and went on to make 222 appearances for the Blues, becoming a huge fan favourite. 

Djilobodji says Desailly is someone he has always looked up to and having met the former France international, is looking to take on his advice following his move to London.

Talking to the club's official website, the former Nantes defender said: "He was a great role model. I actually had the opportunity to meet him at Nantes when he came to training with my coach and he gave me some advice, telling me that now I had made it this far I had to keep working hard.

"There is the added element that he was a defender like me, so I would love to follow in his footsteps.

"If I have the opportunity to see him again I will ask him questions and take whatever advice he gives and try and apply it on the field to help me move forward. 

Djilobodji has some way to go to be considered in the same category as Desailly, but will be hoping to prove to Jose Mourinho he has the quality to play for Chelsea. 

The defending champions have had some problems in defence so far this season and if the 26-year-old can impress in training there is no reason he can't force his way into the starting line-up.

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