Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has expressed his gratitude to the club owner Roman Abramovich and manager Jose Mourinho for allowing him to leave the club to join AC Milan on a free transfer despite having some two years left on his contract.
The 31-year-old arrived in Milan on Friday night to seal the move to AC Milan after the Chelsea bosses agreed not to demand a transfer fee for the midfielder.
This means he will join the Italian giants on a free transfer if he passes his medical on Saturday, paving the way for the Ghanaian to received a bumper salary.
Essien is grateful to Chelsea chief Abramovich and Mourinho for helping him secure what would be a free transfer to AC Milan.
�I want to thank [Chelsea chairman] Roman Abramovich, the squad and Mourinho, who gave me the chance to join Milan.�
Essien will be the latest expense-free arrival at Milan in the January window on the back of Keisuke Honda�s free transfer from CSKA Moscow and Adil Rami�s loan move from Valencia.
The Ghanaian is eligible to compete in the Champions League for Seedorf�s men � with Atletico Madrid in the last 16 their next obstacle � as he did not feature for Chelsea earlier in the campaign.
Milan have underperformed hugely this season and sit 11th in Serie A, scraped into the last 16 in Europe�s elite competition and were knocked out of the Coppa Italia in midweek.
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