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LOAN WATCH: Sunderland flop Djilobodji still harbours hopes of playing for Real Madrid one day!

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Here’s how Sunderland’s out-on-loan players did this past weekend across Europe.

Papy to... Madrid?!
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Papy Djilobodji played 90 minutes in a back four as his Dijon side drew 1-1 with his former club Nantes at Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fontenau.

The draw leaves the former Chelsea man’s side - nicknamed The Mustards - sitting 12th in Ligue 1 with 42 points from 33 games as the French club enjoy a comfortable mid-table season.

Djilobodji has spoken in the French media this week about how he’s uncertain what the future holds for him, and even audaciously admitted that for as long as he’s playing he won’t lose focus from his dream of playing for Real Madrid!

In a sit down interview with 20minutes.fr the Senegal international revealed a number of details about his career to date, but most hilariously he suggested that he still harbours hopes of one day playing for the Galacticos at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium:

As long as I do not quit football, I will not stop thinking about it.

Dream on, Papy.

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Unfortunately striker Andrew Nelson has played his last game for loan side Falkirk after sustaining a nasty facial injury, which required surgery to a broken cheekbone.

The 20-year-old has been impressive north of the border, scoring four goals in 15 appearances and earning plaudits for his immense work-rate, versatility and ability to draw defenders into committing fouls.

Nelson suffered the head injury late on during last week’s derby game against Scottish Championship rivals Dunfermline Athletic - a game in which he was up against his Sunderland teammate Thomas Beadling - and the forward subbed in the 88th minute.

Midfielder Didier Ndong was yet again absent from Watford’s matchday squad for their 1-0 defeat against Huddersfield at the John Smiths Stadium. The 23-year old joined the Hornets on transfer deadline day but has yet to register a single appearance in Javia Gracia’s side.

The Gabon international was on the bench for the games with West Ham United and Stoke City at the start of his loan spell, before missing the last four games - with no sign that he’ll ever return to the Watford fray.

The deal that took Ndong to Vicarage Road from the North East included a clause meaning the move would be made permanent provided the midfielder reached a certain amount of appearances.

What appears likely, however, is that he’ll return back to Wearside this summer having undertaken perhaps the most pointless loan spell in the club’s history.

Instead of looking forward to extending his stay with Watford, the midfielder will likely be sold off elsewhere for a fee far below that what we paid when we brought him to the club from Lorient in the summer of 2016.

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Wahbi Khazri’s Rennes suffered a shock loss to Ligue 1’s bottom side Metz on Saturday.

The Tunisian playmaker started in behind Yoann Gourcuff in the number ten role but could do nothing to prevent his side slumping to a first defeat in eight matches.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed a sublime season for Ligue 1 Rennes so far, netting 11 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions for the French side - including audacious efforts against top quality opposition in Marseille and Lyon.

He continues to attract the attention of clubs higher up the food chain due to his performances, and Sunderland can expect to move the man signed from Bordeaux in 2016 for a decent enough fee.

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Tom Beadling missed out on Dunfermline Athletic’s 4-0 at home to Brechin through injury, making space for the return of James Vincent. Skipper Callum Morris was named on the team sheet but sustained an injury in the warm up meaning former Sunderland youth player Jean-Yves M’Voto stepped up.

Barrow-born Beadling has impressed so far whilst out on loan at Dunfermline United. The 22-year-old has been used as both an attacking and defensive midfielder by his manager, former Sunderland winger Allan Johnston.

The academy graduate has a fourteen-year association with our club but has thus far failed to make a single senior appearance for the Black Cats, with his long-term future as a Sunderland player not quite clear.

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Fabio Borini remained on the bench as AC Milan drew 0-0 with Napoli at the San Siro yesterday. The Versatile Italian has featured sporadically for Gattuso’s side this season, and it seems like our former ‘Mag Slayer’ has the lost the confidence of his manager, having not started for Milan in four games.

Josh Robson turned out for Norwegian club Notodden’s reserves last week, the right back picked up a valuable 60 minutes and reportedly played well as he looks to impress his new manager and join ex-Sunderland player Michael Ledger in the first team.