- Michael Essien says he was convinced by Drogba to join Chelsea in 2005
- The midfielder added that it was Manchester United he wanted to go
- Essien joined Chelsea under Jose Mourinho and won EPL title in his first season
Ghanaian football legend Michael Essien has explained that ex Ivory Coast international Didier Drogba played a significant role in making him to snub Manchester United for Chelsea.
Michael Essien was in the best form of his life when he was playing for Lyon in France in which he was wanted by many clubs in Europe.
Among the clubs who wanted to sign the African football star then were Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea which was a great battle.
During this time in 2005, current Spurs boss Jose Mourinho was the manager at Chelsea and it will be recalled that the Portuguese made his team round African stars.
Essien stated that he was in Malouda's house on that day that Didier Drogba called the Frenchman asking him about how he could speak with him.
Malouda then gave the phone to Micheal Essien in which he spoke with Drogba and the Ivorian made him to understand that he will succeed at Stamford Bridge.
Essien added while speaking with South African reporter Carol Tshabalala that it was a tough decision for him to make then.
He eventually joined Chelsea from Lyon and won the Premier League title in his first season playing for the Blues.
Similar thing also happened during the transfer of Mikel Obi who had earlier agreed a deal with Manchester United, but Jose Mourinho convinced him to make a move to Chelsea.
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.
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