Former Lyon and Chelsea star, who currently play for for Sabail in the Azerbaijan Premier League, as a midfielder (Michael Essien) reveal Jose Mourinho and Dider Drogba convinced him to join Chelsea amid two premier league rival (Chelsea and Manchester United) interest.
The 37 years old Ghanian join Chelsea in 2005 with a transfer fee worth £ 24.4 million making him Chelsea's most expensive signing of all-time that year.
The Sabail midfielder spent 9 years with the London blue (2005 - 2014). During this time he won 9 trophies for the club which are: 2 Premier leagues, 4 Fa Cup, 1 Football league Cup, 1 FA community shield, and 1 UEFA champions league.
During an interview with Carol Tshabalala, Essien reveal he would have love to join the red devil's, but Drogba and Jose Mourinho persuaded him to join the blues.He said:
“My second year at Lyon, when we finished the season, I came back to start pre-season with them and I came back very happy to start pre-season. That’s when the other teams started coming in like Chelsea and Manchester United.
“At that point, I’d have loved to have joined United. But I was speaking with Jose every other day and he made it clear, very straight to me, that he wanted me to join Chelsea and there was only Chelsea that could pay the transfer fee at that time.
The Ghanian international further explain how the Portuguese man (Jose) and Chelsea legend and ivorian man (Drogba), persuaded him. He added:
“It was not easy but I remember the first time I spoke to Jose. I went to Malouda’s house for a barbeque and then during the barbeque, Drogba called him and he and Drogba started speaking because they are very close and then Drogba asked him, ‘When you see Michael, whenever you see him, can you tell him Jose wants his number, Jose wants to talk to him?’ but then he said, ‘No, Michael is here, we’re having a barbeque!’.
“So he gave the phone to me and I started speaking to Drogba and that’s how we started. I passed on my number to him and he passed it on to Jose and that’s when everything started. It was a tough transfer saga."
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