These days, you’ll find Didier Ndong plying his trade in the French league at rock bottom Dijon FC.
The Ligue 1 outfit are nigh on certs to be relegated this season with just two wins from 30 matches played. Les Hiboux (The Owls) have yo-yo’d between France’s top two divisions for most of the past decade.
According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Ndong earns an estimated 80,000 euros a month.
That’s just shy of £70,000 appearing on the 26-year-old’s payslip each month. The figure makes Ndong the second highest earning player at Dijon with Gabon teammate Bruno Ecuele-Manga raking in an estimated 95,000 euros a month according to L’Equipe.
Ndong has played 28 games for Dijon this season. The Gabon international joined his current club from Guingamp in the summer of 2019, signing a four-year deal.
Guingamp picked up Ndong after his contract with Sunderland was terminated in October 2018. Ndong had arrived at the Stadium of Light as the club’s record signing for a fee estimated to be worth £13.6 million.
Ndong played 54 times for Sunderland. His stay in English football hardly working out well. Relegation from the Premier League followed his first season on Wearside. A loan move to Watford also ended disappointingly and after a protracted situation, Ndong was sacked by the Black Cats.
It’s not all bad for Ndong just now. This week, the defensive midfielder featured in the Gabon side which qualified for African Cup of Nations which takes place from January to February next year.