Former Chelsea favourite Michael Essien signs for Panathinaikos in Greece

Michael Essien

Michael Essien won two Premier League titles and four FA Cups with Chelsea and was part of the squad that won the Champions League in 2012.

Panathinaikos have completed the signing of former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien on a two-year contract.

The move comes after the Ghana international left previous club AC Milan, having played 20 times in Serie A last season under manager Filippo Inzaghi.

Brought to Chelsea from Lyon for £24.4 million by manager Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2005, Essien's high-energy performances and penchant for scoring spectacular goals from range made him popular among fans.

The 32-year-old made a total of 256 appearances for the Blues, scoring 25 goals along the way.

He was later reunited with Mourinho at Real Madrid, spending a single season on loan at the Bernabeu where he played 34 times though ultimately failed to earn a permanent deal with the club.

Speaking to the official Panathinaikos website, the 2006 BBC African Player of the Year expressed his excitement at the move ahead.

"I am very happy that I am here and that I will continue my career in Panathinaikos," he said.

"I want to give back the love that everyone has shown me and to thank the fans that welcomed me so warmly."

Panathinaikos finished the Greek Super League season in second, but could yet qualify for the Champions League with title winners Olympiakos currently under investigation.

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