Stéphane Sessègnon - Career - Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain

Due to his two impressive seasons with Le Mans, Sessègnon became the subject of several scouting missions by larger clubs. He drew interest from Premier League sides Arsenal and Newcastle United before opting to remain in France signing a four-year deal with Ligue 1 club Paris Saint Germain. The fee was said to be in the range of €8 to 10 million. Sessègnon was giving the number 10 shirt and installed as the team's playmaker.

Sessegnon made his league debut with the club on 16 August 2008, starting in the club's 1–0 win against Bordeaux. The following match day, he scored his first goal for the club in a 1–1 draw with Sochaux. On 13 December 2008, Sessègnon scored his third career brace against Auxerre in a 2–1 victory. For his positive performances, he was named the UNFP Player of the Month for December. Sessègnon also appeared in nine matches in the UEFA Cup scoring one goal against Dutch club Twente. During the season, Sessègnon formed a dazzling triangular partnership with captain and holding midfielder Claude Makélélé and centre midfielder Jérémy Clément, which contributed to the club going as high as 2nd position in the league, reaching the Coupe de la Ligue semi-finals, and making it to the UEFA Cup quarterfinals. In total, Sessègnon made 49 appearances scoring eight goals and also compiling 11 assists. For his efforts, he was nominated for the Player of the Year award and also named to the Team of the Year. The season effectively validated Sessègnon as a star player.

After the season, several clubs contacted Paris Saint-Germain to discuss Sessègnon's availability on the transfer market with Premier League clubs Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton, and Manchester City being the primary suitors. Following the overwhelming interest, on 23 June, Sessègnon went public demanding his parent club give him a pay raise, stating, "I think I am one of the best performers in the club." The firing of manager Paul Le Guen also played a role in his demands. Two weeks later, Sessègnon and the club reached an agreement on a contract extension with the player set to receive a substantial pay raise.

In the 2010–11 season, Sessègnon struggled to make an impact with the first team after being relegated to a substitute's role by manager Antoine Kombouaré. The friction between the player and manager reached its zenith in December 2010 when Sessègnon accused Kombouaré of insulting him during a one-on-one interview ahead of the team's match against Nancy on 19 December. Sessègnon, subsequently, confirmed his desire to leave the club in the January window and, as a sign of his intent, refused to join Paris Saint-Germain on its winter training camp in Morocco.

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