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)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 January 2017 (UTC).
El Hadji Papy Mison Djilobodji (born 1 December 1988) is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays for English club Sunderland, and the Senegal national team. He is capable of playing at centre back and defensive midfield.
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 171 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.
Werder Bremen (loan)
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 local rivals 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.
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 24 January 2017
|Sénart-Moissy||2009–10||CFA Group D||7||1||0||0||0||0||7||1|
|Werder Bremen (loan)||2015–16||Bundesliga||14||2||2||0||0||0||16||2|
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