Ryan Sessegnon has said it “never crossed my mind” to leave Tottenham Hotspur after a difficult start to his time at the club — and has said a sports psychologist has helped him recover his confidence.
Sessegnon, 21, was wanted by a number of clubs after impressing in the Premier League with Fulham during the 2018-19 season.
He eventually joined Spurs in the summer of 2019 for £25 million — making him the most expensive British signing in the club’s history — but his move has not gone to plan, with a series of injuries and several managerial changes preventing him from making an impact.
In total, Sessegnon has made just 14 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions over the past three seasons, with the England Under-21 international spending the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.
But he was handed his first Premier League appearance since January 2020 as a second-half substitute in the 2-1 win over Leeds United on Sunday and hopes to impress new head coach Antonio Conte, insisting on Wednesday that he never considered quitting the club.
“That never crossed my mind (to leave),” he said ahead of Tottenham’s Europa Conference League match against Slovenian side NS Mura. “I knew I would have to go out on loan which I did and played a few games and came back with a lot of confidence but the injury happened again.
“But never did it cross my mind that I would have to leave the club.
“Of course, it has been very tough, everyone knows that. People very close to me know how much it affected me a little bit, but in terms of confidence, I think that is behind me now.
“The good people around me helped, family and friends, and speaking to people who are close to me.
“I did actually get a little bit of help one-on-one from someone which was very good for me. Other than that it was about having the people pushing me every day and bringing the positive energy I needed. The psychology side of it.”