Chelsea summer signing & defensive flop set for Stamford Bridge exit already

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According to reports, Chelsea centre-back Papy Djilobodji could be set for a swift exit from Stamford Bridge only months after moving to the club.

The Senegal international moved to Stamford Bridge during the summer as the Pensioners failed to secure a move to sign Everton defender John Stones, but has yet to feature for the troubled West London outfit.

Despite Chelsea’s struggles this term, Jose Mourinho has opted not to turn to the West African defender to solve his woes—only giving the 27-year-old a brief cameo in the Capital One Cup against Walsall.

Papy Djilobodji

Instead, Mourinho has kept faith with John Terry—fitness permitting—and typically used some combination of the ex-England stopper, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma.

Djilobodji’s struggles match those of some of Mourinho’s other summer signings, with Abdul Rahman Baba failing to establish himself and getting scant opportunity to impress, Falcao struggling in attack and Pedro largely unable to recreate the devastating impact he managed on his debut.

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The Daily Star—quoting Turkish newspaper AMK—revealed that Besiktas were keen on the centre-back, while L’Equipe 21 [as per Foot Mercato] acknowledged that Olympique de Marseille are keen on bringing the player back to  France, and see Djilobodji as an upgrade on the error-prone Karim Rekik.

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