Michael Essien: I had plan to retire at AC Milan

Michael Essien and AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani

Michael Essien and AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani

Michael Essien says it was easy for him to accept a move to AC Milan because he had planned to retire at San Siro.

The 31-year-old was officially unveiled at a press conference on Monday afternoon in Milan.

Essien has signed an 18-month contract on a free transfer after his release by English Premier League side Chelsea.

“I told friends that before retiring that I wanted to play for this club and achieve my dream,” Essien said.

“It was easy to make a decision after speaking to Clarence. I had a lot of offers but Clarence made it an easy choice for me.

“I’ve known Seedorf a long time, I asked him to a charity match in Ghana many times. Jose Mourinho said it would be a great experience and I would settle well in Italy.”

Essien scored 17 goals in his 168 Premier League appearances for Chelsea from 2005-14 and left the club just once on loan to Real Madrid during the 2012-13 season.

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