Transfer news: Michael Essien completes moves to AC Milan from Chelsea
Chelsea has announced that midfielder Michael Essien has
completed his move to Italian side AC Milan.
31-year-old Ghana international leaves Stamford Bridge after a trophy-laden
stint which began when he was signed from Lyon in the summer of 2005.
the first of two Premier League titles in his first season at the club and was
also a member of the Chelsea sides who won the UEFA Champions League, four FA
Cups and a League Cup.
Mourinho was the man who signed Essien for Chelsea and then took him to Real
Madrid on a season-long loan deal in 2012, before the duo returned to London
tweeted: "I have just signed my contract with one of the best clubs in the
world. Im very happy and looking forward to winning with the
cannot wait to join the team in training and be a part of Milan's family,"
added on Milan Channel.
am very happy to have spoken to (Milan boss) Clarence Seedorf, he is a nice
person. It's a pleasure to have heard what Seedorf had to say about me.
always give my best and battle for the team from the first minute until the
hope to achieve something important and give my best for Milan."
Essien made 256 appearances for
Chelsea, scoring 25 goals, but his first-team appearances have been limited
he captained the side in their 2-0 FA Cup third-round win at Derby earlier this
month, which turned out to be his final start for the club.
said: "To show Michael respect is to not stop him going.
would have been happy had he stayed, because he is a fantastic player for the
team, but he's given everything for the club and a great chance arrived for his
know he can continue to play at a high level and I wish him success and
happiness in Italy and at the World Cup in Brazil."
injuries marred Essien's 2008/09 and 2011/12 seasons, and it had been
speculated in the Italian media that he had failed his Milan medical.
the move has now gone through and Essien has reportedly agreed an 18-month
Chelsea website said: "Essien epitomised the 'team player', with his
versatility marking him out as an integral member of the squad.
everything whenever he pulled on a Chelsea shirt, his ability to play at
right-back or in the centre of defence, as well as his preferred midfield role,
ensured his importance to a side competing up to the latter stages of multiple
scoring goals was not a very frequent occurrence, when they did come they were
at Chelsea Football Club would like to thank Michael for his distinguished
service and wish him the very best of luck for the next chapter in his career.
He will always be welcome at Stamford Bridge."