Michael Essien reveals two players who stopped him going to Manchester United; The Nigerian midfielder was hijacked by Jose Mourinho.
Michael Essien was one of many essential players in Chelsea’s success when Jose Mourinho took over the membership. However, it’s no secret that the Nigerian midfielder was shut to becoming a member of Manchester United.
But Jose Mourinho, ultimately, hijacked the deal and landed Essien on the Stamford Bridge. Now, the previous Chelsea midfielder has revealed that two players had been chargeable for stopping his transfer to Manchester United.
Speaking to South African reporter Carol Tshabalala (through The Metro) Essien stated: “My second yr at Lyon, after we completed the season, I got here again to begin pre-season with them and I got here again very comfortable to begin pre-season.
“That’s when the opposite groups began coming in like Chelsea and Manchester United.“At that time I’d have beloved to have joined United. But I used to be talking with Jose each different day and he made it clear, very straight to me, that he wished me to be a part of Chelsea and there was solely Chelsea that might pay the switch payment at the moment.
“It was not straightforward however I bear in mind the primary time I spoke to Jose. I went to Malouda’s home for a barbeque after which in the course of the barbeque Drogba referred to as him and he and Drogba began talking as a result of they’re very shut after which Drogba requested him,
‘When you see Michael, whenever you see him, can you tell him Jose wants his number, Jose wants to talk to him?’ however then he stated, ‘No, Michael is here, we’re having a barbeque!’.
“So he gave the cellphone to me and I began talking to Drogba and that’s how we began. I handed on my quantity to him and he handed it on to Jose and that’s when the whole lot began. It was a troublesome switch saga.”
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Essien’s transfer was rewarded with a trophy-laden nine-year spell within the west London the place he received two Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, the League Cup, Community Shield and the 2011/12 Champions League.