Ex-Chelsea star Michael Essien joins Indonesian football club

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At the height of his powers, Michael Essien was one of the most feared midfielders in world football, let alone the Premier League.

The Ghanian international was a seriously imposing figure in the middle of the park and had immense strength and power to go with a never-ending engine.

He was the perfect box-to-box compliment to Frank Lampard and Claude Makelele and he won the Premier League twice during his time at Stamford Bridge, on top of one four FA Cups, two League Cups and one Champions League triumph.

Having played for two storied clubs like Real Madrid and AC Milan since his eight-year stint with the Blues, it's clear that Essien has spent his time at the top with some true European heavyweights.

However, now 34-years-old, his career appears to be on the decline.

He spent last season in Greece with Panathinaikos and racked up 15 appearances during the 2015-16 season.

After failing to find a club last summer, many had assumed that the former midfielder powerhouse - who has struggled with knee injuries in the past - might be calling it a day on his decorated career.

But that has proven not to be the case, and chances are, you will not have heard of his new club.

Indonesian club Persib Bandung announced the signing of Essien today and pictures of the 58-time Ghana international donning his new kit have emerged on Twitter.

Only two of their 23-man squad are not Indonesian with uncapped Japanese winger Shohei Matsunaga joining Essien as the only foreign players.

Persib finished fifth in the league last season, but they were the champions back in 2014. Essien is being brought in as a high-profile catalyst to put them back in title contention, but how much Essien has left in the tank remains to be seen.

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