It’s been 4 days since we surprised everybody by signing Papy Djilobodji from Nantes on the transfer deadline day.
An unknown commodity that no one had really heard of, at least not the in the Premier League, the Senegalese was referred to as a panic buy by the Blues after failing to secure the signing of John Stones and Ezequiel Garay.
With the transfer fee of even below 3 Million Pounds, I wouldn’t exactly call him a panic buy and, although, he does fits the pattern of a stopgap player (remember he is not included in our Champions League squad for group stages), I wouldn’t be surprised if he actually turns out to be more than a decent player in the end. I can’t stop but think of recent examples of Cahill and Azpilicueta to support my claim.
Anyways, only time will tell if he succeeds at the highest of levels. Right now, let’s hear the first words he had to say in the Blue shirts. The interview is taken from our Official Chelsea Website:
First of all, the defender was asked about the feeling he had after donning on the Blue shirt for the first time:
I am really happy to be a Chelsea player. I have come here to learn and to go to higher places with the club, and to win trophies as well. I’m really happy and I want to show all my qualities and skills not just to the manager and the players, but also to the supporters.
What about the first day in training? How did that went?
It went really well. It was absolutely brilliant to be out there training.
I spoke to the manager who welcomed me which was really nice of him and I thanked him. I spoke to the players that are here, people like John Terry, Falcao, Oscar and Loic Remy, and I even had a bit of banter with some of the youngsters that were training.
Glad to know he is going along well with the rest of the group! So did he knew anybody in the squad beforehand?
I didn’t know any of them but I have played against some that have been in the French leagues previously, people like Eden Hazard when he was at Lille and Falcao when he was at Monaco. The rest of them I have seen on TV because I watch lots of Premier League matches, and now I am here with them I just want to prove myself and show what I have got to offer.
His thoughts on Premier League football?
The quality of football is always really high. People have told me I have an English style of play, and what I’m going to do is keep adapting my style of play so I can play like everyone here.
Football is a sport that when you’re playing you’re giving joy to the people watching, so I want to give it everything I have got to give that pleasure to everyone at the club and to our supporters.
Given that very few fans have heard of him or seen him play, how would he describe himself as a player?
I am a defender and I want to do my job well, which is to defend well and to not let things get past me. Technically-speaking I am making a lot of progress. From this point onwards I am going to be looking for advice from the manager and implement what he advises me to do and what my team-mates want me to do.
Playing as part of a group like this you’re a team and you can’t be doing your own thing, so I need to integrate myself and let other people help me integrate so we can work together towards winning things, which is what this club is all about.
Over the years, a lot of Africans have played for the Blues and we have a rich history of African players…
I am really happy about the club’s African history and it gives me a lot of pleasure to know so many great players have been at this club and have left something behind. Obviously I have just arrived but I want to do exactly what they’ve done. They’re role models and I want to emulate them.
When you play at a club like this the whole of Africa is watching. I want to give it my all and create really good expectations for all my young African brothers.
A word on Marc Desailly
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.
Source – Chelseafc
While, no one is expecting him to turn out like Desailly; if the Senegalese can prove to be half as decent player as him, I say it’s money well spent!
Good luck to Papy in the Blue shirt! Hope he do us proud on the field!
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