Jose Mourinho shocked the world on the transfer deadline after the he roped in an unknown face from Ligue 1, Papy Djilobodji.
Djilobodji, 27 has hardly appeared for his international side Senegal had joined the Blues after the defending champions failed to sign John Stones from Everton.
Even though the Senegalese defender was signed, the Chelsea boss did not include him in the Chelsea squad for UEFA Champions League group stages.
Though, Papy’s rejection from the Champions League squad was an obvious choice, the player’s agent Mouhamed Gueye thought otherwise.
Speaking about his client’s exclusion, Mouhamed Gueye said: “We’re being given this information [that he was left out] like it was some kind of sanction. But, all you need to do is look on the UEFA website to see that they expect squad lists to be registered before 11.59pm on the 31st of August.
“The player signed on the 1st of September. Even with all the will in the world, he couldn’t have been in the squad.”
He further added: “Secondly, this list is only for the group stages. This means nothing is stopping him from featuring later on in the tournament.”
Irrespective of Gueye’s claim and reasoning about his player’s exclusion from the squad, the UEFA guidelines are completely different.
The UEFA guidelines suggest, “List A has to be submitted by the following fixed deadlines:
e. 1 September 2015 (2400 CET) for all further matches from the first match in the group stage up to and including the final.”
Mouhamed Gueye’s claims seem completely baseless after the UEFA guidelines are followed. It is pretty evident that Jose Mourinho did not want Papy in his squad.
It is going to be a hectic job for the Senegalese to get a place in the starting lineup of Chelsea given the immense competition in the backline.