Papy Djilobodji transfer was 'not my choice', reveals Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Defender could make debut this weekend

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that the decision to sign relatively unknown defender Papy Djilobodji was not his choice.

Chelsea turned to the Senegal international after failing to convince Everton to sell them John Stones, despite making a final bid of around £36m for the England international.

Djilobodji arrived from Nantes on transfer deadline day for a more modest fee of £2.7m.

Mourinho said today about the signing of the 26-year-old: "It was not my choice. It was the choice of somebody I trust completely.

"I don't know every player. My job doesn't allow me to travel, doesn't allow me to spend hours and hours watching players.

"And in some moments of the market, under certain circumstances are moments where you have to trust or not the people that you work with."

Mourinho did not reveal who it was who made the recommendation, but added: "In my case I trust, because the same person that told me that Djilobodji can be a good squad player for us, was the same person who told me (about Kurt) Zouma."

Michael Emenalo, a technical director at the club, is understood to have been closely involved in the deal that brought defender Zouma to Stamford Bridge in January 2014.

Kurt Zouma was signed for £12m

Djilobodji could make his debut this weekend when Chelsea, ironically, come up against Stones and Everton at Goodison Park.


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