Djilobodji playing for Nantes in 2014
|Full name||El Hadji Papy Mison Djilobodji|
|Date of birth||1 December 1988|
|Place of birth||Kaolack, Senegal|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|2016||→ Werder Bremen (loan)||14||(2)|
|2017–2018||→ Dijon (loan)||29||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018 (UTC)|
El Hadji Papy Mison Djilobodji (born 1 December 1988) is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays for Ligue 1 club Guingamp and the Senegal national team. He is capable of playing at centre back and defensive midfield.
After beginning his career in his homeland with ASC Saloum, he moved to France in 2009 to play for amateur team US Sénart-Moissy, where his performances quickly earned him a transfer to Nantes. He played regularly over five-and-a-half seasons for them, the final two in Ligue 1.
In 2015, he signed for Chelsea, making a sole substitute appearance in the League Cup and being loaned to Bundesliga team Werder Bremen before signing for Sunderland for £8 million at the end of the season. After Sunderland were relegated in his first season there, he was loaned to Dijon in 2017.
Djilobodji was sacked by Sunderland in September 2018 for breach of contract after he returned to the club over a month late and in an unfit condition, signing for Guingamp in 2019.
Djilobodji made his international debut for Senegal in 2013. He was part of their squad at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Born in Kaolack, Djilobodji began his career with hometown team ASC Saloum, making his senior debut in the 2007–08 season. After two successful seasons in the Senegal Premier League, he transferred to French club US Sénart-Moissy in October 2009. He played a good first half of the 2009–10 season in the Championnat de France amateur 2, which led to him being bought by Nantes on 27 December 2009.
On 14 May 2010, Djilobodji made his debut for FC Nantes in a 3–1 Ligue 2 defeat against eventual champions Caen. He was regular in his second year, playing 27 games and scoring twice, ending with a record of 186 appearances and 9 goals. In the Summer transfer window of 2015, it was reported that he had caught the attention of many English Premier League clubs such as Sunderland and Aston Villa, neither of whom made bids for him.
On 1 September 2015, Djilobodji signed for Premier League champions Chelsea on a four-year contract, for a fee reported to be in the region of £2.7 million to £4 million. The following day, he was not included in their 25-man squad for the UEFA Champions League. He made his only Blues appearance in the third round of the League Cup away to Walsall, replacing Radamel Falcao in added time at the end of a 4–1 victory.
On 21 January 2016, Djilobodji signed for Werder Bremen until the end of the 2015–16 season. Three days later, he made his debut in the Bundesliga in a 3–1 win away to Schalke and was praised for his performance. On 13 February, Djilobodji scored his first Werder Bremen goal in a 1–1 draw against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, netting a 13th-minute equalizer.
In March, he received a retrospective two-match ban for making a throat-slitting gesture at 1. FSV Mainz 05's Pablo de Blasis. In the final game of the season, Djilobodji scored a late winner against Eintracht Frankfurt, saving his team from relegation and confining the opponents to the relegation play-off.
On 5 August 2016, Djilobodji signed for Sunderland on a four-year deal for a fee reported to be in the region of £8 million. He made his Premier League debut 16 days later in a 2–1 home loss to Middlesbrough, and the Sunderland Echo mentioned his performance as a "rare positive" in the defeat. On 19 November, he was sent off in the last minute of a 3–0 win over Hull City at the Stadium of Light. He was charged with violent conduct by The FA in January 2017 after catching West Bromwich Albion's Darren Fletcher in the face in a 2–0 loss, and subsequently received a four-match ban. He totalled 23 games over the season as Sunderland were relegated.
Djilobodji returned to France's top flight on 31 August 2017, signing on loan for Dijon for the whole season. He made his debut for them nine days later, playing the full 90 minutes of a 2–1 loss at Caen in which he received a yellow card.
Sunderland were relegated to EFL League One at the end of the 2017–18 season and a number of high-profile players, including Djilobodji, expressed their desire to leave the club rather than play in England's third tier. In May 2018, Sunderland was bought by Stewart Donald who talked publicly about his intention to get fair prices for outgoing players. Djilobodji reached a deal with the new Sunderland management team that he could remain on unpaid leave during July in order to secure a move away from the club. The deal included a proviso that he maintain his fitness should he need to return to Sunderland.
In the summer transfer window, interest came from clubs including Beşiktaş, Trabzonspor and Hannover 96, but a move failed to materialise before the transfer window closed. Djilobodji failed to return to training in August, and he missed the first few matches of the 2018–19 season. Reports began to emerge that Djilobodji's wages were being withheld, and the club were considering legal options, with owner Stewart Donald suggesting Djilobodji and fellow absentee Didier Ibrahim Ndong were "willfully devaluing themselves" in order to secure cheap moves away from the club.
On 2 September, Djilobodji informed Sunderland of his intention to return to training, insisting he had done nothing wrong. His fitness was assessed on his return and determined to be comprehensively below the expected standard. He failed to appear for training later in the week which triggered angry reactions from the club owner, suggesting Djilobodji was guilty of "gross misconduct".
On 12 September 2018, Sunderland announced that Papy Djilobodji had been sacked for breaching his contract and failing a fitness test.
On 31 December 2018, En Avant de Guingamp announced that they signed Djilobodji in a six-month deal. He made his debut on 19 January in a 9–0 loss at holders Paris Saint-Germain as a 73rd-minute substitute for Yeni Ngbakoto. Three days later he started in a Coupe de France last 32 match at Nancy, and scored the winner in extra time. On 26 January, he was sent off in a 1–0 home loss to Stade de Reims for breaking Pablo Chavarría's nose with a kick, and was handed a six-match ban.
Djilobodji was part of the Senegal squad at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea. He played two games in their elimination from Group C, being substituted at half time for Lamine Gassama in the first, a 2–1 win over eventual finalists Ghana at the Estadio de Mongomo.
- As of match played 20 May 2018
|Club||Season||League||Domestic Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Sénart-Moissy||2009–10||CFA Group D||7||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||1|
|Werder Bremen (loan)||2015–16||Bundesliga||14||2||2||0||—||0||0||16||2|
|Dijon (loan)||2017–18||Ligue 1||29||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||30||1|
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