With Michael Essien completing his move to AC Milan yesterday, his new manager has expressed his delight at his new signing.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Clarence Seedorf said, "I know him very well."
"He's a great player, a warrior I think to use in the midfield.” Indeed, Seedorf himself occupied a similar defensive position in midfield during a playing career that spanned three decades and only ended just before he became Milan’s new manager two weeks ago.
31-year-old Essien will be hoping for more playing time after barely featuring for Chelsea this season, despite his good relationship with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Frank Lampard and David Luiz have instead been used in deeper lying midfield roles this season.
"He will give also bring big values on and off the pitch,” continued Seedorf, “he's a guy with personality that will be useful for the team."
Essien will be looking to lift an ailing Milan side that languishes in 11th place in Serie A, despite the fact that they won their most recent game against Hellas Verona; Seedorf's first game in charge.
What with Chelsea currently challenging for the Premier League, many would regard Essien’s move as an acceptance that he can’t play at the very highest level any longer.
However, Milan boast the likes of Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy and undoubtedly have ambitions to return to the top of Italian football.
Essien undoubtedly wants to be a part of any future success that the former Champions might have.
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