Sunderland midfielder N'Diaye: Sessegnon just like Messi

Sunderland midfielder Alfred N'Diaye has likened teammate Stephane Sessegnon to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Sunderland midfielder Alfred N'Diaye has likened teammate Stephane Sessegnon to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

N’Diaye, 23, admits it is a relief to be on the same side as Sessegnon — having been run ragged by the former Paris Saint-Germain ace during his time at Ligue 1 rivals Nancy.

The French midfielder, a January signing from Bursaspor, said: “He is Messi! The fans love him and all of his team-mates love him too.

“He is a great guy, a good character and the biggest thing is he is a very good player.

“For me, he is the best player in this team. He has very good quality and it is very good for us that he is a Sunderland player.

“I played against him for Nancy when I was only 18 and he was playing for PSG.

“It was very difficult for me. I marked him because he was playing No10 and I was playing No6.

“I definitely prefer playing with him rather than against him!

“Every time I played him in France I took a yellow card. Every time!

“It is different now in training. I stay away from him!”

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