Michael Essien's agent explains West Brom and QPR snub

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Michael Essien's agent claims his client snubbed West Bromwich Albion and QPR because of his strong Premier League ties with Chelsea.

Michael Essien’s agent has told Calciomercato.com that his client will not be returning to the Premier League.

Several clubs have been linked with the former Chelsea midfielder, with the Daily Express reporting that approaches from Burnley and Leicester City have been knocked back.

Essien’s representative has offered no indication that the Clarets and Foxes are in the mix, but admits to rebuffing two advances from England.

Fabien Piveteau claims West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers put offers on the table, but no talks were entered into.

That is because Essien has made it clear that he will not play for another Premier League side, having spent nine positive years at Chelsea.

Piveteau told Calciomercato.com: “What are the chances of Essien leaving in January? It’s difficult, we’d prefer to respect the contract until June.

“Essien will not play in the Premier League for any club other than Chelsea, his former team. We had offers from West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers but we refused.

“If we were to get an appropriate offer from a club which is not in the Premier League we’d accept. However, it remains difficult to leave Milan in January, because our intention is to comply with the contract he has with the Rossoneri.”

Essien only left Stamford Bridge in January 2014, with an 18-month deal agreed with AC Milan.

He is, however, opening the transfer door again after just 12 months with the Serie A giants.

The Ghana international is only 32 years of age and, despite his injury troubles of the past, is still capable of doing a job at the highest level.

He has now turned out in France, England, Spain and Italy so should have no problem adjusting to new surroundings if he is to leave the San Siro during the current window.

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