Stephane Sessegnon has insisted that he has never thought of leaving Sunderland.

The Benin international midfielder has been linked with a Black Cats departure on a few occasions in recent months but he has assured fans that he is happy at the Stadium of Light.

"I have always been happy here," Sessegnon told the Sunderland Echo.

"There's been a lot written and said in the media over the summer about possible interest, but I have just continued to train and play the matches, and I think it's been clear that I have wanted to stay here.

"I was happy to sign a new contract (in August) and I will give 200 per cent to give the team the best chance of having a successful season."

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