Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho would like to bring Essien to Real Madrid in order to add some steel to his midfield. However Roman Abramovich, who brought Essien to Chelsea for £24.4 million in 2005 is having non of it.
According to the Sun, Real Madrid want to offer the Blues £18 million for the Ghana international but Chelsea do not want to sell him, especially not to Mourinho’s side who are Champions League rivals.
Essien still has four years left on his contract and is happy to continue his career at Stamford Bridge. Essien has played in 224 games so far for Chelsea and has helped them to win two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Carling Cup. Essien has also stated that he will take time off from the Ghana national side to focus on his club career and to fully recover from injuries. It seems he is ready to commit himself to the Blues until he retires.
While Chelsea have no shortage of forwards they will be keen to hold on to their midfielders. Their slump in the middle of last season was arguably down to not having enough cover when players like Lampard were injured. Villas-Boas will look to avoid that mistake and make sure there is enough cover in midfield.