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Essien reveals Chelsea player that persuaded him to reject Man United
Michael Essien says he would have “loved” to join Man Utd but Didier Drogba and Jose Mourinho convinced him to join Chelsea.
The former Ghana international spent nine years at Stamford Bridge after signing from Lyon in 2005 for a reported fee of £24.4m.
Essien won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, a League Cup and a Champions League during his time at Chelsea.
However, Essien has revealed it could have all been different if Drogba and Mourinho hadn’t teamed up to persuade him to reject Man Utd and sign for the Londoners.
“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,” Essien told South African reporter Carol Tshabalala (via The Metro).
“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.
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