Michael Essien was deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea during the August of last year and was sent out on loan to Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid, but it is understood that the deal is unlikely to be made permanent and the midfielder didn’t go into too much detail about his future when asked.
On his future plans, all the Ghanaian midfielder would say was:
“I have a contract at Chelsea and at present I am only on loan here, so nothing has changed.”
I assume like a few others he has to wait until the next Chelsea manager is in place before he will know what the future holds for him for certain but he is one of the players that has been linked with an exit in the summer.
However, he could be part of the manager’s plans if that man was Mourinho, who has made the 30-year-old part of his plans at the Santiago Bernabeu and has used him in close to 30 matches during the season so far. Perhaps Essien could fulfil a similar utility role if the duo are reunited back at Stamford Bridge.
But there will always be fitness worries where Essien is concerned and although Spain seems to have been good to him in this regard, we don’t know how he’ll hold up once he’s back in the quick and physical Premier League. There’s also his wages to consider as they are perhaps too lucrative for what would essentially be a squad player and under UEFA Financial Fair Play rules Chelsea won’t necessarily have the same luxuries as Real Madrid do with their budget.
The midfielder certainly hasn’t forgotten about his friends back home and has been tracking Chelsea’s season, and believes that any recent issues are down to the state of flux at the club but says the Blues still have a lot to play for and shouldn’t be written off.
“They can still win trophies in the cups this season, so people shouldn’t write them off yet.
“I have followed Chelsea all season and although it hasn’t been as planned at the start of the season, I think it’s down to the fact that it is a transitional season.”