Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has explained his reasons for selling striker Stephane Sessegnon to West Bromwich Albion.
The Benin international was a deadline day acquisition for the Baggies in a deal worth £6 million.
Now, with his work permit sorted, Sessegnon is expected to make his Hawthorns bow against his former club on Saturday and could come back to haunt The Black Cats.
However, the fiery Di Canio has no regrets.
The striker has arrested for drink-driving on the night of a Sunderland League Cup game and was apparently uninterested in playing at the Stadium of Light last year, Martin O'Neil reported the same problems, according to the Telegraph.
The Italian manager explained the situation with various reporters: “It is clear that we didn’t push him out because ten days, two weeks before [deadline day] I said I would keep him.
“But to be honest, once we spoke and I said 'I want to keep you’ then I had a player whose performances were not good in front of everybody.
"He had a very good pre-season and in the first two games you can play badly, but the body language was not of a player who wants to give his best and then we had a crucial match,” he said.
“It was the cup, in the moment of the season when we hadn’t won a game yet and everybody was at the stadium. After quarter of an hour, at the same time that we conceded a goal, my player was out somewhere and was found.
“It means you don’t care. It means you don’t care about the club so your time is gone. It was the opportunity to say for everybody, and especially for him, OK, time to go.
“It was good for us because we had the chance to bring in two players and it was easier to bring them in.
“For this reason he left, not because he is a bad guy because he tried to give his best, but in my opinion, his time was finished at Sunderland because he was not capable anymore to give his best.”
Sessegnon moved to England from Paris Saint-Germain in 2011 and went on to make 87 appearances in the Premier League scoring 17 goals on Wearside.
Sunderland have struggled so far this season and are bottom with one point from four games.
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