Michael Essien denies claims he has Ebola virus

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Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has been forced to deny that he's contracted the deadly Ebola virus.

More than 4,000 people in Africa have lost their lives to Ebola since the first case was reported back in March. The rumours about Essien gathered pace after he was left out of Ghana's African Cup of Nations qualifier in Ginuea - one of the worst effected areas in western Africa. However he took to Instagram to deny the rumours, insisting that he is fit and healthy.

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He wrote: 'I'm very fit and very healthy. No truth in the internet rumours that I have contracted Ebola.'

'I'm well & will be training as usual tomorrow.The Ebola virus is a very serious issue and people shouldn't joke about it. Whoever wrote this article is very unprofessional and insensitive...!!!#Jahbless.'

Essien left Chelsea in January earlier this year to head to Italy, penning a new 17 month contract with AC Milan, where he was later joined by former Chelsea team-mate Fernando Torres.

Chelsea warning

David Silva has warned Chelsea that they will find it tough to win the Premier League this season - despite sitting pretty at the top of the table.

The Blues currently sit five points clear at the top of the table after a strong start, but Silva has warned Mourinho's men that the unpredictability of the Premier League means they won't have it all their own way.

Chelsea have made great transfers, they have a great team, a great squad," Silva said after featuring for Spain in their 4-0 win over Luxembourg in Euro 2016 qualifying on Sunday. But it doesn't mean things are going to be easy, especially in England."

Costa drought

And finally Chelsea striker Diego Costa has finally ended his international goal drought, finding the back of the net for Spain after more than 500 minutes without a goal in the 4-0 win over Luxembourg on Sunday.

The former Atletico Madrid man has been in stunning form for Chelsea but has struggled for his adoptive country as they look to bounce back from their disastrous World Cup campaign.

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