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Michael Essien assured of Chelsea future

Published on: 15 June 2012

By Patrick Akoto

Ghana star Michael Essien has been assured by Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo that he remains part of the club’s future plans.  

The Italian manager was rewarded with a two-year deal after he guided the Blues to their first Uefa Champions League title after edging out Bayern Munich at their own turf last month.

The 29-year-old former Lyon man was unused largely last season, after he returned from a third career threatening injury.

It was hugely speculated in the English media that the box-to-box midfielder was on the verge of being offloaded after Ivorian duo Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou left the club.

But Chelsea moved quickly to dispel the speculations insisting the Ghanaian super star was still part of their plans next season.

Matheo, 42, says he won’t make any massive changes to the squad as he attempts to challenge the two Manchester clubs next term.

“We certainly want to do better in the League. Last season was a difficult one and we want to bridge the gap between us and the two Manchester team,” Matheo said

"Our aim is to continue building on that and I'm already looking forward to the squad's return for pre-season.

“Now the work starts, I have to start planning for pre-season. We’ve lost few players who are out of contract and we’ve already signed a couple of players, so there will be a slight change.

“But there won’t be a complete overhaul of the squad. We will try to make the right signings for the functionality of the squad,”

Essien will need to work his socks to impress the manager who preferred Mikle Obi, Ramires and Frank Lampard as his first-choice midfield trio during his short stint last season.


This article has 9 comment(s), give your comment
  • Afolabi 4rm nigeria. says:
    June 15, 2012 09:03 am
    Keep him here 4 next season.
  • Ocheme says:
    June 15, 2012 08:38 am
    I believe Essien should give way to younger stars coming up in the blues squad, we really need new and youth legs now.
  • 0WINO WEAVER says:
    June 15, 2012 08:41 am
    Hardworking player.Should be retained at all costs to boost the midfield.
  • Ali in nigeria says:
    June 15, 2012 08:28 am
    How can one hard on the bench.
  • benny says:
    June 15, 2012 09:41 am
    Essien needs to look beyound this vain promise.Carlo Ancelloti made the same assurance to BALLACK and the next minute he was deemed surplus. l hope he stays injury free,stem his place in the midfield.Dispelling Mikel of the anchor role will be a piece take for him. l wonder how long Di-mateo will last in his two years contract as there will not be any sort of URGENCY which propelled the players to work their socks off ,with a bit of luck to marshall those two trophies. This time around Di-Mateo's tactical ability and managerial skills will stand the text of time.As it is said GOOD LUCK don't always come twice.Whether Di-MATEO'S ability will take him through to the end is something that only time will tell. Touch wood, ESSIEN will stay injury free.
  • dennis ashaiman says:
    June 15, 2012 10:27 am
    essien shuld rather look 4 a team than chelsea ,what he need has been achieve , he shuld move to spain for more greener pastures
  • Frank says:
    June 15, 2012 11:19 am
    Am surprised dis guy stil want to stay at chelsea. u have achieved a lot at chelsea so u only have to move on.go join drogba at R. madrid. u need to challenge urself. This attitude is typical of Ghanaians. mourhino can help u. u re stil a good player. his friends and cronies should advice him. Essien, dont be like sammy kuffour of bayern. 5 years at chelsea is enough
  • bbc says:
    June 15, 2012 11:46 am
    I don't know the reason why Essian can't move on rather than begging to stay and warm the bench. Even though he has been assured but i know this coach will continue to bench him the way i see his game plan. IF Essian has made up his mind to leave Chelsea, teams like madrid or Milan would have signed him. Now if he warms the bench a lot next season than i am sorry he has to start planning joining MLS club.We love you Essian but you have to be a man like drogba.
  • lawrence kojo asane says:
    June 15, 2012 12:51 pm
    i think is time to depart essien cus enough is enough.milan and real madrid are searching for a great midfield dynamo like u or else....