Sunderland defender Papy Djilobodji determined to succeed


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Sunderland defender Papy Djilobodji has admitted to finding life hard in the Premier League but insists he is determined to be a success.

The Black Cats, who are priced at 1.40 to be relegated, spent £8million to bring the defender in from Chelsea over the summer and he has earned six outings in the Premier League.

The Senegal international failed to make a single appearance during his time at Stamford Bridge and was loaned out to Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen.

Djilobodi admits he has found it difficult to adapt to the style of Premier League football this term as the north east club sit bottom of the table.

However, the 27-year-old put in a standout performance last time out as Sunderland picked up a first win of the campaign against Bournemouth.

The former Nantes man feels he can get to grips with the demands of English football and says he is determined to be a success.

Djilobodji said: “It’s a lot more testing than I had expected or known, especially from having played in France or Germany.

“It’s the first time I’ve spent any time playing in England, and I do feel that the game is different here.

“As a defender, you need a lot more fighting qualities and a lot more concentration. “But you also need discipline in the way you defend.

“I’ll try to work on all these things to be able to succeed in the Premier League.

“When you haven’t played in a league before, or even known a league very well, it’s always more difficult to adapt.”

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