CHELSEA have welcomed a familiar face back to their Cobham training complex this week, in the form of legendary central midfielder Michael Essien. Essien, who played for the Blues for nine years from 2005 to 2014, has been working on his fitness with Chelsea after finding himself without a club.
But the former African Footballer of the Year has insisted he is not done with football just yet, and has showed no signs of considering retirement at this stage in his career.
Essien was released by Greek outfit Panathinaikos during the summer and has since been unsuccessful in his quest to find new permanent employers. As the search goes on however, the former Chelsea great has called upon his old club to use their training facilities in order to keep his fitness levels sharp and match ready. Taking to Instagram this week the 33-year-old shared a short video with his 491,000 followers, showing himself working out on an exercise bike along with the caption: ‘Let’s gooo.’ The former Stamford Bridge hero can be seen wearing the current fluorescent green training attire of Chelsea as he powers away on the gym bike. During his tenure in English football Essien enjoyed a trophy-laden spell, winning all major honours including the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup – as well as being named ught to an end thereafter when he signed on the dotted line for Italian giants AC Milan. Chelsea player of the year in 2007. And, despite set to turn 34 in December, the Ghanaian insists the thought of retirement has not yet passed his mind. ‘I am still active, I have been training to keep my fitness. I have not retired,’ Essien told the BBC recently, during the launch of the 2016 African Footballer of the Year. ‘I would definitely announce to everyone if I retire.’


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