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Michael Essien to replace John Obi Mikel at Chelsea

Published on: 15 July 2013

Ghanaian international Michael Essien is planning a comeback at Chelsea next season.

During the 2011/12 league campaign, Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien suffered a ligament rupture which kept him out of action for nearly six months. He went on to make only 14 Premier League appearances.

The following season (2012/13), Real Madrid enquired about him on a potential season-long loan deal – which was accepted. He went on to make 21 appearances, scoring two goals.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, formerly of Real Madrid, was the man who brought the midfielder to Madrid last season. His spell with the Spanish outfit went well, and Essien’s fitness and form have both dramatically improved.

‘I will return to Chelsea with my head up and try to win my place back. I think my loan at Madrid has shown I have still got it at the top level. I have got my energy back and I feel I can do a job for the team again.’ – Michael Essien.

This summer has already seen the 30-year old attracting interest from French Ligue One champions Paris Saint-Germain. However, it appears Chelsea are keen to hold on to him for the coming season.

Essien’s return will mean question marks hanging over John Obi Mikel’s future.

The Nigerian defensive-midfielder made 19 league starts last season, and found himself frequently criticised for his performances.

Turkish side Galatasaray are reported to be preparing a bid for the 26-year old, which could be considered by Chelsea.

The relationship between Essien and Mourinho could be the nail in the coffin which would see Mikel exiting the club.

Essien has always spoken out of his admiration for the Portugese manager. Calling him ‘daddy’, the pair are said to get on well off the pitch. Under Mourinho’s reign, the 30-year old was part of the Chelsea side who enjoyed their best years of success, and Mourinho sees Essien as paramount to their potential success.


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • Ofori says:
    July 15, 2013 01:33 pm
    Both Essien and Obi are needed att chelsea.
  • GH Panther says:
    July 15, 2013 01:45 pm
    If they hv to compete for mourinho's favour, obviously essien wud come up tops considering his relationship with his "daddy". But it has not come to dat yet. I don't know why GSN want to start this war again.
  • Fifa One says:
    July 15, 2013 02:12 pm
  • Joxxy 9ja says:
    July 15, 2013 02:58 pm
    so what is new about it.
  • Pk dee says:
    July 15, 2013 03:50 pm
    Whts GSN abt at all?speculatns or updated news?Ibrahimovic n Morinho r not Ghanains,however i wil advic GSN to keep their web page blank if u got noting relevnt to report abt Gh.
  • GH Magic says:
    July 15, 2013 07:48 pm
    Damn!!.I'm begining to hate this site.Yet another post to spring up unhealthy arguments between nigeria and ghana. Im ghanian and a die-hard chelsea fan,but under jose nobody is an automatic regular(even if you are his family).You merit your game time by your performances. But to be honest,even if mikel leaves,essien would still be nowhere near chelsea's main 11. With de rossi coming,ramires,and david luiz already in the team vying for one spot.All can play defensive midfield and are at the moment ahead of essien and younger,essien's game time would be very limited,except any of these players are injured. So essien's relationship with mourinho doesn't guarantee him an automatic spot in chelsea's top 11.
  • Kenny says:
    July 15, 2013 08:16 pm
    The question is, does Essien play only one position/one dimensioal player like Mikel? NO. Essien is a versatile player, that's the more reason why Mourinho prefers him, not necessarily the D/M position.
  • Blakroze GH says:
    July 16, 2013 04:25 am
    @joxxy 9ja...what is new about it you ask?...lemme tell you......the new thing is that for once we the Ghanaians have realized that GSN is clashing the heads of we the people of Gh and 9ja together just for the fun of it, and we are both beginning to join hands and put an end to this canker, and you(I've noticed for somtime now) is trying to achieve their aim of drawing out an argument by the comments you keep in effect you are the one giving us cause to be dissapointed in for thought man....what do you aim to achieve by passing all thos comments on Ghanaians all this while just cos someone has published something you don't agree with in his site?