Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that it was not his “choice” to make a late move for centre-back Papy Djilobodji.
The Blues swooped to take the Senegal international from Ligue 1 side Nantes to West London on deadline day for a fee of just £2.7m.
The move came as a shock to many, and appeared to be a reaction to missing out on Everton’s John Stones and the performances of John Terry during the opening weeks of the 2015/16 campaign.
Now Mourinho has, rather controversially, declared that Djilobodji was not the player he wanted his club to sign, hinting that the deal was conducted by another figure at Stamford Bridge:
“It was not my choice. It was the choice of somebody I trust completely.: he is quoted by The Independent.
“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.”
However, Mourinho went on to reveal that he trusts the judgement of the mystery individual, who was responsible for the move for Kurt Zouma:
“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.”
Reports claim that technical director Michael Emenalo was heavily involved in the move for Zouma.