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Di Canio on Sessegnon, Celustka says settled back 4 will boost Sunderland

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Here's all the latest Sunderland update, featuring Paolo Di Canio, Stephane Sessegnon and Ondrej Celustka

The Daily Express reports that Paolo Di Canio was willing to keep Stephane Sessegnon at Sunderland this season but decided to sell when he saw his attitude towards the club.

He said: ‘In the first two games of the season he played badly and the body language was not of a player who wanted to give his best.

‘It means you don’t care. It means you don’t care about the club, which means it was time for him to go.’

Sessegnon will be available to play against his former team at the weekend after being granted a work permit for his move to West Brom.

The Northern Echo reports that Di Canio will not know how to react of Sessegnon scores against his team on Saturday. Despite this he doesn’t think that he will have any say during the game.

He told the papers: ‘Why should he score the winner, I can't say how I'd feel about something that's not going to happen.’

The Chronicle reports that new Sunderland full back Ondrej Celustka believes that the Black Cats will be a better team once manager Di Canio can pick a settled back four.

Sunderland have let in 10 goals in 5 games this season, but captain John O’Shea has been missing through injury and Modibo Diakite hasn’t been fit to start.

The on loan defender said: ‘Of course, when four defenders play together for a long time, there’s a better connection between them. But in time, we’ll get used to it and I hope we’ll be better together.’

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