- Michael Essien explained that Mourinho told him not to join Arsenal
- The Portuguese told Michael Essien to instead make a move to Real Madrid
- Essien played at Stamford Bridge for seven years before joining Los Blancos
Former Chelsea star Michael Essien has revealed how Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho told him not to join Arsenal but instead make a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
That was eight years ago when the Ghanaian was about to leave Premier League side Chelsea where he played and won titles under Jose Mourinho.
Many clubs were interested in signing Michael Essien then when he was at Chelsea in which Arsenal were among and clubs like Paris-Saint-Germain and Milan.
Essien explained that Jose Mourinho called him when he heard about the news of him been linked with Arsenal and ordered him not to make any move to the North London side.
During his time at Arsenal, Jose Mourinho had tough competitions and rivalries between former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
One of the reliable players who helped Jose Mourinho in facing Arsenal then is Didier Drogba who scored many goals against the Gunners.
"I was with Chelsea in Monaco for the Super Cup and a strange number called me but I didn't want to answer it but my cousin who was in the room with me that day told me to pick it up.
"The number kept calling so I picked and as soon as I said hello and another hello came from the other end and I realized who was on the phone so I told my cousin it's Jose Mourinho.
"We started talking and he said, 'I heard you're on your way to Arsenal'. But I told him it's not true. I had not heard anything from Arsenal. Then he said don't go to Arsenal, come to me and I asked him where, and he said Real Madrid so I told him I'm ready,'' Essien explained.
Previously, Legit.ng had reported how Jose Mourinho showed remorse for him to have been fired at Manchester United claiming that the Premier League giants remain the only side where he left with unfinished business.
Mourinho who had coached clubs like Real Madrid, Porto and Chelsea made it clear that Old Trafford is the only place he left without best feelings.
The Portuguese football manager was fired at Manchester United in December 2018 due to poor performance and was replaced with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has been impressive since.
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