After being plunged head first into a Bundesliga relegation battle, Papy Djilobodji has made an immediate impression at new club SV Werder Bremen.
Watch: Djilobodji scores in Bremen's draw with Hoffenheim
The Senegalese centre-back joined Bremen on a six -month loan from Chelsea FC in January, and he is wasting no time in proving his worth to the struggling north German outfit. Strong in the tackle, robust and even explosive, Djilobodji has played a huge role in restabilising Werder's defence in recent weeks.
He has also been effective at the other end of the pitch, scoring a crucial goal in Bremen's 1-1 draw with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Matchday 21.
In an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com, the 27-year-old talks about his first impressions of the Bundesliga, his determination to avoid relegation, and the impending crunch fixture against SV Darmstadt 98.
bundesliga.com: Papy Djilobodji, you have been at SV Werder Bremen for five weeks. What have been your first impressions of the club?
Papy Djilobodji: I've been happy here since the day I arrived. At Chelsea, I wasn't getting any game time, but I'm playing regularly now and enjoying it. It's doing me good. All my new team mates were very welcoming. We're obviously not happy with our results in the Bundesliga at the moment, but we fully believe that we can avoid relegation.