Parlour blasts Chelsea over Essien treatment

Published on: 02 September 2012

By Ameenu Shardow

Arsenal Legend Ray Parlour feels Michael Essien was still good enough to get regular games at Chelsea.

The Ghana international sealed his season’s-long loan move to Real Madrid on transfer deadline day.

Essien’s switch was necessitated by his absolute zero first team opportunities at Stamford Bridge under Roberto Di Matteo this term.

The 29-year-old had fallen down the perking order with hints of a regime change at Chelsea.

But Parlour insists Essien could have still played ahead of Di Matteo’s preferred choice of Nigerian John Mikel Obi in the Blues’ midfield.

“Michael Essien is a very good player, I played against him many times when he was younger then,” he told

“But he has always been a talented player, I have always been amazed that he has not been in this Chelsea team a little bit more.”

The ex Olympique Lyon enforcer now has the opportunity to prove he is still the real do by reliving his glory days under manager Jose Mourinho – under whom Essien thrived most at Chelsea.


  • Chris
    says: 7 years ago
    Dat is a good move for Essien nd he should prove to the blues that he is better than mikel obi
  • snr sammy
    says: 7 years ago
    essien will surely prove di matteo wrong in madrid,we ghanaians ar solidly behind u
  • baafi yeboah godfred
    says: 7 years ago
    i hv always prayed essien returns better than before. i believe dat is manifesting. good move bro.
  • Michael Ernest Eshun
    says: 7 years ago
    I saw Essien yesteranight and he is gradualy coming to his normal form long live Essien long Ghana
  • sammy young
    says: 7 years ago
    i wonder wat da injury prone man can still do....hmmm