AC Milan: Signing Chelsea star was 'a mistake'

There was a reason why midfielder did not play for the Stamford Bridge side.

Former attacking midfielder Zvonimir Boban, who helped AC Milan to four Scudetti and a Champions League trophy in the 1990s, has disputed the logic in recruiting former Chelsea star Michael Essien.

While Jose Mourinho gave the Ghana icon a glowing reference upon his exit from West London, claiming that 'he is a fantastic player for the team who gave everything for the club', the truth is that Essien is not the player he once was.

The 31-year-old was vital to any Chelsea success during his first three seasons from 2005, then again in 2010-11, winning two Premier League titles and four FA cups in the process, however, his contributions in recent seasons have been minimal largely due to a succession of ligament injuries/ruptures in his knee prior to other midfielders coming in who are higher in quality.

'The signing of Essien? Milan shouldn't have signed Essien,' Boban is quoted by talkSPORT to have said. 'It was a mistake. They don’t need him. He hasn’t played much recently and there is a reason for that. He is nowhere near the first Essien we saw at Chelsea.'

Essien completed 404 minutes of competitive football in all competitions during his final half-season in West London (149 in the Premier League). He recently made his debut for Milan but they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Napoli.

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