The 26-year-old has idolised the Stamford Bridge legend in his career, and is keen to follow in his footsteps since his move to the Blues on deadline day for £4 million from Nantes. The defender made 222 appearances for the team between 1998 and 2004, winning the FA Cup in the process.
“He was a great role model,” Djilobodji said, “I actually had the opportunity to meet him at Nantes when he came to training with my coach and he gave me some advice, telling me that now I had made it this far I had to keep working hard.
“There is the added element that he was a defender like me, so I would love to follow in his footsteps. If I have the opportunity to see him again I will ask him questions and take whatever advice he gives and try and apply it on the field to help me move forward.”
However, the Senegal international hasn’t made the best of starts with the London side, despite not having a chance to play yet. Manager Jose Mourinho has left the centre-back out of his squad for the Champions League, and the player looks set to be behind John Terry, Gary Cahill, and Kurt Zouma in the pecking order under the Portuguese.
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However, with a hectic schedule ahead for Chelsea, Djilobodji may still get a chance to impress in one of the domestic competitions. The team is certainly in need of someone to come in and improve it, with two losses in their first four matches of the campaign.