Werder Bremen are eager to hold on to Chelsea centre-half Papy Djilobodji beyond the current season. Djilobodji, 27, joined the Blues from Nantes in the final days of the summer transfer window but played just one minute of football for the club, in a brief cameo appearance in the Capital One Cup.
The Senegal international joined Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen on a six-month loan deal but any chances of returning to Stamford Bridge to fight for a first-team role seem slim. Bremen admit their financial limitations mean that if Chelsea decide to sell the player, they will have no chance of keeping him at the Weserstadion. However, they are hoping the Premier League giants will agree to another loan move.
"If Chelsea want to sell him, we would be without a chance, but should they want to get him more playing time first, we would be in the mix," Werder Bremen CEO Thomas Eichin told reporters, ESPN reported.
Werder Bremen are just six points off the bottom of the Bundesliga. Djilobodji has made four appearances since his arrival at the club, scoring in the 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim on 13 February.
"I was pleased, but the next time I score I also want to win," he said. "My goal is to help Werder stay in the Bundesliga through my performances. We will see about the rest after that."
Despite his lack of matches at Chelsea, the former Nantes defender has been handed an immediate first-team role at his new club. He admits he has no idea why neither Jose Mourinho nor Guus Hiddink were willing to give him a chance in English football.
"Really I do not know," he told German publication Bild. "I gave everything. But the coaches have decided it. For me, it is also an incentive to continue to work."