Michael Essien’s agent has played down speculation the Ghanaian midfielder could be making a move to Juventus this summer, saying he has heard ‘absolutely nothing’ from the Italian club.
Essien’s season has been blighted by injury so far while he has also had to contend with missing out on key games during former manager Andre Villas-Boas’ brief tenure in charge at Stamford Bridge.
The 29-year-old was dropped for the Blues’ Champions League last 16 defeat against Napoli, but featured under interim boss Roberto di Matteo as they fought back from 3-1 down to claim a 5-4 aggregate victory and a place in the quarter finals against Benfica.
Viewed as one of the ‘old guard’ who could be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer along with the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, Essien has been linked with a switch to Juventus.
However his agent Fabien Piveteau has reportedly quashed speculation linking him with a switch to Serie A, saying he is content to stay with Chelsea for the time being.
“In this moment it is absolutely nothing," Piveteau is quoted by Calciomercato as saying.
"Because someone says that Michael is not happy at Chelsea? He is in a difficult moment, but only because he is recovering from injury."
However he did leave the door open to a potential future exit, suggesting that Essien’s future at Chelsea could rest upon who comes in to manage the club as Villas-Boas’ long-term replacement.
"I have met today the leaders of the club, who told me they are happy with him... his future may also depend on who is to assume the managerial role of Chelsea."