Sunderland have reached an agreement with midfielder Papy Djilobodji, whose was sacked by the club in September following a breach of contract.
Djilobodji was given a month of voluntary unpaid leave in July to find a new club, with the agreement being that he would return to training in August if he failed to win a deal elsewhere.
Sunderland AFC has reached an agreement with Papy Djilobodji for his departure, his employment having terminated on 21 September 2018.https://t.co/1ADku9TnEU— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) November 7, 2018
However, the Senegalese midfielder failed to return to training for over a month after he should have done, and 'comprehensively failed' a fitness test when he did.
Sunderland had signed Djilobodji from Chelsea for £8m in 2016 and he was under contract until 2020, but this breach of contract was sufficient for the Black Cats to curtail his time at the Stadium of Light, and the terms of his dismissal have finally been agreed.
"Sunderland AFC has reached an agreement with Papy Djilobodji for his departure, his employment having terminated on 21 September 2018," said the full statement on Sunderland's official website.
Djilobodji made just 21 appearances for Sunderland and his signing epitomised an awful era for the club as they suffered two consecutive relegations to fall from the Premier League to League One. This is their first season at that level since 1988.
Sunderland also reached an agreement with Didier Ndong last month after he went AWOL for four months following a failed move to Torino in the summer.
After the disappointments of recent years, things are looking up for Sunderland, who are second in League One after 16 games.