STEPHANE Sessegnon insists he has unfinished business at Sunderland despite continued speculation over his future.
Sessegnon’s pivotal contribution to Sunderland’s cause this season has not gone unnoticed with the likes of Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool and his former club Paris St Germain all linked to the Benin international.
The transfer talk, fuelled by Sessegnon being apart from his Paris-based wife and five children, has persisted for several months despite the player publicly shrugging off the rumours prior to the January window.
Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill has declared his determination to keep Sessegnon at the Stadium of Light, with another two years still to run on the 27-year-old’s Sunderland contract.
And joint top scorer Sessegnon is not encouraging talk of a summer exit either – insisting he still has work to do at Sunderland after taking his time to adapt to the Premier League following his £6million arrival 18 months ago.
Sessegnon told the Echo: “I’ve got no problem with life here and it’s always good news to hear that the manager wants to keep you.
“I’m aware of the speculation, but I can’t do anything about it.
“As I’ve said before, I don’t feel that my work here is finished.
“It’s true that when I first came here, it was hard to get used to the style of play. But now I like the Premiership and I think I have improved. I’m playing for a team who like to play football, with great fans.”
Sessegnon has been the star attraction of Sunderland’s season, but he believes his fortunes have reflected the team’s after finding his very best form following December’s arrival of O’Neill.
“The season has gone okay for me and it’s probably mirrored what’s happened for the team,” he added. “At the start of the season, we had difficulties and were probably only playing at around 80 or 90 per cent.
“But after the change of manager, we began to play much more encouragingly.
“The manager has brought out the best in us and there have been lots of positives as a group over the last few months where we’ve been able to show our quality.
“We’ve played really well as a team, which has made it easier for me to play with a bit of freedom. It’s always nice to get praise though and I’m pleased with how the season has gone for me.”