Another of Chelsea’s old guard has departed the club this week as Michael Essien departed for Italy. The arrival of Nemanja Matic seemed to be the final nail in the coffin for the injury prone utility man and Jose Mourinho was happy to let him leave in search of first-team football.
Essien spent last season on loan at Real Madrid - and the return of Mourinho was supposed to see his stay of execution. Unfortunately that was not to be - and Clarence Seedorf moved fast to make Essien his first signing as the new head coach at the San Siro.
But it was certainly not a straightforward transfer - at least according to the rumour mill anyway.
It was reported on Friday that a deal had been agreed between the two clubs - but the deal was reported to be dead midway through Sunday.
It was reported that he had failed a medical on Saturday and was set to return to Chelsea until further tests could be conducted.
Within the hour that was rubbished - with the Ghanaian international taking to his official Twitter account to poo-poo such rumours:
Just signed my contract to join one of the best clubs in the world.Im very happy and looking forward to winning with the team#ForzaMilan— michael essien (@MichaelEssien) January 27, 2014
Today he was unveiled to the press at Milan - and was pressed on the subject of his injury ravaged past and reports of a botched medical.
"I am fit and ready to play. I just have to make myself available to Seedorf."
Essien could now make his Rossoneri debut against Torino on Saturday night - and no Chelsea fan would wish him anything but the best of luck in his new venture.
Hopefully he can stay off the treatment table.
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