English Premier League champions Chelsea have confirmed the signing of defender Papy Djilobodji from French club Nantes.
Chelsea announced the deal on their website on deadline day transfer Tuesday.
The club wrote: “Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Papy Djilobodji from Nantes.
“The 26-year-old centre-back has signed a four-year contract.”
Djilobodji said: ‘I’m very happy to sign for a big club like Chelsea and I want to do my best to help the team win titles. I want to thank the club for giving me this opportunity.’
Chelsea added: “Djilobodji (full name Papiss Mison Djilobodji), a Senegal international, has become a key figure for Nantes since signing for the French club in 2009.
“Having started his career playing for Senegalese side ASC Saloum, Djilobodji opted to make the move to Europe in October 2009 and signed for Senart-Moissy, who were in the French fourth division at the time.
An imposing physical presence, Djilobodji quickly caught the eye of teams higher up the leagues and moved to Ligue 2 side Nantes just two months later, at the age of 21.”