Michael Essien rules out coaching after retirement

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has dismissed his chances of entering into coaching once his playing career comes to an end.


The Ghana international is currently in the ranks of Indonesian side Persib Bandung, where he has proved a huge success since joining in March.

There was a recent suggestion that Essien could follow in the footsteps of former Blues teammate Claude Makelele and enter into coaching in the future. However, the veteran midfielder has dismissed the claims by suggesting that coaching is not his thing, he said: "I do not know, I cannot be a coach. Maybe I will just leave football and enjoy time with my family."

Derek Boateng hails Michael Essien's professionalism

Former Ghana international Derek Boateng has heaped praised on Michael Essien by applauding the professionalism and determination which he has carried over the course of his illustrious career.


The ex-Chelsea star is regarded as one of the finest footballers for Ghana and Africa as a whole, having won numerous honours including the Champions League and Premier League with the Blues.

Michael Essien planning to extend Indonesia stay

Former Chelsea star Michael Essien is prepared to extend his stay in the Indonesian league with Persib Bandung.


The former Ghana international is not in a hurry to leave the Far East nation amid suggestions that he could make a return to Europe after becoming a huge hit in Persib.

The 34-year-old linked up with the Indonesian outfit in a bumper one-year contract earlier in March, and following a slow start, he has established himself as a key performer for the club. Former Blues teammate Carlton Cole did not have a similar influence in Persib as he was released midway through the campaign with just two league starts.

MUNTARI WANTS A TROPHY WITH GHANA

Ghana International Sulley Ali Muntari says he hopes to win a trophy for the national team before quitting football. The midfielder wants back into the international scene where he stayed away from for three years.

The Italy based man wants the Black Stars to win a trophy in his time and he feels he can contribute to the team. He adds that despite the odds, the Ghana team can still qualify for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia next year.

Persib Bandung axe Carlton Cole while retaining Michael Essien

Former West Ham United and Chelsea striker Carlton Cole has been released from his Persib Bandung contract after he failed to deliver in the first half of the Indonesian Liga 1 season.


The 33-year-old joined Persib Bandung alongside his former Blues teammate Michael Essien in March, but he failed to score a single goal during his time in the Far East.

John Mensah names Michael Essien as the best player in past two decades

Former Ghanaian captain John Mensah admits that Michael Essien is the best player he has played with in the past two decades.


The 34-year-old has features for the likes of Lyon and Rennes in a 16-year career, but he shares a fond relationship with Essien with whom he enjoyed success with the Black Stars.

Greek giants ordered to pay €419,000 to Michael Essien as compensation

Greek giants Panathinaikos will reportedly have to pay a hefty sum of €419,000 in order to ongoing dispute between Michael Essien and the club's board.


The former Chelsea man was surprisingly released from his contract in September last year, and he had therein opened up a case with the Greens after they declined to pay him the severance package.

Michael Essien backs Romelu Lukaku to Reunite with Jose Mourinho

Former Chelsea star Michael Essien believes that Everton striker Romelu Lukaku could work alongside Jose Mourinho at Manchester United despite their differences at Stamford Bridge.


The Belgium international failed to make the cut under the Special One in west London, and this eventually urged him to pursue a permanent move to Goodison Park.

Persib Bandung midfielder reserves special praise for Michael Essien

Persib Bandung midfielder Raphael Maitimo made a special mention of foreign recruits Michael Essien and Carlton Cole after he scored in his side’s 1-0 victory over Persiba Balikpapan in the Indonesian league.


The former Chelsea star made the switch to the less-known Asia league back in March following his release from Panathinaikos earlier last summer. Essien initially faced the prospect of a five-year jail term for illegally participating for the Indonesian club without prior registration with the immigration authorities. However, both he and Carlton Cole have since been allowed to take part in the playing field with the club taking responsibility to resolve the issue.

ESSIEN TO CLASH WITH ZOKORA IN INDONESIA

African soccer stars Michael Essien is set to clash with Didier Zokorain Indonesia.


The ex-Ghana international has played in opposing sides against the Ivorian at Wembley, the Premier League and in the African Nations Cup. They would renew their rivalry when Essien’sPersib Bandung side face Zokora’s Semen Padang in Sumatra.

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