Sunderland have confirmed they have sacked Papy Djilobodji after he reported late back to pre-season training and then failed a subsequent fitness test.
The Black Cats had been weighing up their options regarding the defender after he along with Didier Ndong failed to report to pre-season training following relegation to League One.
But now the Black Cats have revealed the full extent of Djilobodji’s breach of contract, confirming he was AWOL for a month having been given July off on unpaid leave to try and find a new club.
After then returning at the start of September, he failed a fitness test prompting urgent action.
The club released a statement on their website confirming the termination of the defender’s contract.
Djilobodji was on £30,000 a week at Sunderland but has not played for the club since starting in a 2-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion in January 2017.