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Michael Essien is slated to end his near decade long association with Chelsea according to his agent. The Ghanaian midfielder has found his playing time limited this season and now feels that his role in the team has been deemed redundant with the recent signing of defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic from Benfica for £21 million. With many clubs interested in signing the 31 year old and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ruling out a loan move, a permanent transfer is on the cards.

His agent Fabian Piveteau has confirmed as much when he said to the Metro, “The player will leave Chelsea. I have had a lot of contact with different clubs, but Milan are not one of them – or at least I personally haven’t had direct contact with the Rossoneri. I have some important meetings coming up this week, and then I will fly to London to assess the best solution with the club and the player.”

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Chelsea’s out-of-favour veteran Michael Essien may have found another suitor for his signature. Reports in Gazzetta dello Sport reveal that Serie A giants AC Milan are ready to table a bid to take the Ghanaian on loan this winter.

The 31 year old has managed to notch up just 8 appearances in all competitions for his club this season, which has in turn raised question marks over his World Cup prospects. He is thus believed to be vying for a move away from Stamford Bridge this winter, with manager Jose Mourinho also reported to be open to the possibility of the same.

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One of Chelsea’s notable summer acquisitions was young winger Christian Atsu. The 21-year old was brought in from FC Porto and signed a five year contract before going off on loan to Vitesse Arnhem.

The player though believes his loan spell will prove to be a stepping stone that will propel him to greatness at Stamford Bridge. He was quoted by BBC Sport as saying, “When Chelsea came for me, I saw a good opportunity to work with a massive club and a great coach. I know I have to prove myself at Vitesse first and I'm determined to do just that. Hopefully, one day I'll be mentioned in the same breath as Essien and Didier Drogba.”

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The respect and more so the love Michael Essien has for Jose Mourinho is quite clear for everyone to see. Now he looks to impress his beloved 'daddy' again, on returning from his loan spell at Real Madrid. Essien is willing to strive to prove his worth for the team, which is ever growing and starting to acquire more and more young stars from across the globe.

Mourinho was the manager in-charge when Essien was signed for a then record fee of £24.4 million in 2005. He had three fruitful years from then, putting in incredible performances for the Blues in the centre of the park consistently being a nominee for the FIFA World Player of the year. He was even named the Chelsea Player of the Year in the season 2006-07. However, the number of games he played in the next two seasons was considerably less owing to his injuries. But he again burst to the fore in the 2010-11 season, consistently helping his team pull out incredible victories. He spent the last year at Real Madrid with the Portuguese coach and appeared in 34 matches scoring two goals, the second of which came in the last match of the season against Osasuna. Essien dedicated this goal to Jose Mourinho.

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Chelsea’s defensive midfielder Michael Essien will complete his season long loan with Real Madrid come early June and will thereafter be following his beloved manager Jose Mourinho back to west London.

‘The Bison’, as he is called owing to his strength and strong tackles, was signed from Lyon in 2005 by Mourinho himself for a then record fee of £24.4 million. Mourinho had made use of him optimally with his ability to play anywhere on the field, be it full back, centre back and central midfield. Essien’s long distance shooting is a treat to watch as well.

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Real Madrid's Ghanaian star Michael Essien has announced that he is ready to return to his parent club Chelsea and fight for his place in the team, according to The Daily Express.

The 30 year old is currently on loan at the Bernabeu for a season, and is set to return to Chelsea at the end of the campaign. With speculation rife that Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho may return for a second stint at the London club, where he is considered to be 'The Special One', Essien's future at Madrid also depends on what step the Portuguese manager takes.

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