Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Swansea

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Goodison Park

Last Game

Everton 3 - 6 Chelsea

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Essien set for AC Milan switch

Michael Essien is on the verge of joining AC Milan on a free transfer from Chelsea.

Last Updated: 25/01/14 at 12:06 Post Comment

Michael Essien: Chelsea midfielder poised for AC Milan move

Michael Essien: Chelsea midfielder poised for AC Milan move

The Ghana international, who spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, is set to pen an 18-month contract at the San Siro.

If he joins the Serie A side he will become Clarence Seedorf's first signing as AC Milan manager.

Essien arrived in Milan on Friday evening and he told the Milan Channel: "I'm happy to be here. I will do my best for Milan and I hope to be ready to play.

"I spoke with Mr (Clarence) Seedorf (the Milan head coach) two days ago. I cannot wait to be available.

"I really want to thank the chairman and the team and thanks to Jose Mourinho, who has allowed me to wear the Rossoneri shirt."

Chelsea boss Mourinho was asked about Essien's future ahead Chelsea's FA Cup tie against Stoke.

He said: "Michael Essien is in a position at the moment where he can go or he can stay. If he stays we will be more than happy.

"He is a fantastic club man and a fantastic team player.

"But if something big comes for him he is another one who we feel we must show the respect, and to show him the respect is not to stop him from going."

AC Milan said in a statement on their website: "Just turned 31 and with a CV including domestic title and Champions League wins as well as victory with the Ghana national side, Michael Essien is expected in the city this evening."

Essien began his career in Europe at French side Bastia after moving from his native Ghana at the age of 17.

He moved to Lyon in 2003 where he established himself as one of the most sought-after defensive midfielders in world football.

He won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award prior to signing for Chelsea for a then club-record fee of £24.4m in the summer of 2005.

Despite winning eight major trophies for Chelsea, Essien's career in England was blighted by serious knee injuries, although he has made over 250 appearances during his Stamford Bridge career.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Premier League: Jose Enrique is glad to be back battling for Liverpool

Jose Enrique is glad to be back playing for Liverpool and is relishing the competition of trying to get into the team.

Premier League: Hatem Ben Arfa ready for Hull City chance after loan move

Hatem Ben Arfa is relishing a new challenge after joining Hull City on a season-long loan from Newcastle United.

Transfer news: Fernando Torres felt he had to leave Chelsea after Diego Costa joined

Fernando Torres admits he knew his time at Chelsea was up when they signed Diego Costa.

Mail Box

Reasons To Feel Positive At Spurs...

They didn't complete any big deals on deadline day, but that doesn't mean Spurs fans should be down about their hopes this season. Plus, United fans say farewelbz...

Danny Welbeck - Yes, No And Maybe

And understandably busy Mailbox with the instant reactions with those happy and sad on their club's transfer dealings. On Welbeck, Arsenal, United, Spurs and loans...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property