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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.

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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