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Chelsea midfielder Essien reveals coach Seedorf convinced him to join AC Milan

Published on: 25 January 2014
Essien will join AC Milan if he passes the medical today

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien says AC Milan's new manager Clarence Seedorf persuaded him to leave Chelsea and join the Italian club after a telephone conversation this week.

Seedorf, who took over as the coach of the Serie A giants last week, is keen on building a squad capable of winning title after a sloppy start to the season.

He phoned with the Ghanaian on Wednesday over the possibility of joining the club as the midfielder was struggling for playing time at Chelsea.

Essien arrived in Milan on Friday to seal the deal subject to medical.

The Ghana international says the conversation he had with Seedorf helped him to decide to opt for AC Milan despite several offers from other sides.

"I joined Milan because of Seedorf. I spoke with him two days ago. Seedorf is a great man and I hope that he will also become a great manager," Essien said on arrival in Milan on Friday night.

"I'm happy to be at Milan. They're a great club. l will do my best for them."

Essien hailed the quality of players at AC Milan that includes Mario Balotelli and Kaka, insisting he can help the Rossoneri to win titles again.

"I can't wait to play for Milan," the Ghana international, 31, told reporters after landing in Italy on Friday.

"Kaka and Balotelli are great players."

Essien spent most of the Premier League season on the bench under Jose Mourinho.


  • Elimevo says:
    January 25, 2014 03:01 pm
    mey the God of wovanu be with u
  • EA1us says:
    January 25, 2014 01:02 pm
    Great move bro! God bless you with all the good luck. God bless GHANA!
  • Preacher says:
    January 25, 2014 06:38 am
    Its a right direction.. All the possible best maestro!
  • Kwaku says:
    January 25, 2014 05:03 am
    Good move brother...forget mourinho and chelsea. U still have about five years football left in you...go regain ur form and make Ghana proud at the world cup
  • mohammed amen says:
    January 30, 2014 01:02 am
    Michel essien he is gready player I know mourinho way no tinking befor michel essien he go I know next see year ac milan winning champion laegue i know sory essien dont whory
  • mohammed amen says:
    January 30, 2014 12:56 am
    Michel essien he is gready player mourinho way know tinking befor michel essien he go so next year ac milan winning champion league i swear