Persib Bandung president grateful to Michael Essien's dedication

Persib Bandung president Glenn Sugita has expressed his gratitude towards Ghanaian footballer Michael Essien following his release from the Indonesian outfit. The 35-year-old had the option of a year’s extension on his contract with Bandung but the club had no other choice than to release him owing to the foreign player quota.
Based on the new league regulations, only four foreign players are allowed to participate with one of them being compulsorily an Asian and this witnessed the departure of the former Chelsea star.

Speaking after Essien’s release, Sugita said:"We both appreciate the regulation that has been created by PT New Indonesia League, Essien is also very understanding. It's not only Essien's understanding of ending this partnership, more than that, we, especially me, are very thankful for his services so far. His dedication, loyalty, joy, and professionalism that Essien showed so far we appreciate. been with him, and the players at Go-Jek League 1 can take a lot of lessons from Essien's whereabouts. Hopefully this farewell with Essien still brings wisdom to PERSIB and Bobotoh in the future.”

Jose Mourinho Pays Tribute To Michael Essien

Jose Mourinho has paid a tribute to former Chelsea manager Michael Essien in an interview with Malaysian sports channel Astro Supersport. The Portuguese tactician has said that Essien was more than a player to him and he considers himself as ‘his white daddy’ owing to their close relationship at Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Partey Earns Contract Extension With Atletico Madrid

Ghana international Thomas Partey has been rewarded with a fresh contract at Atletico Madrid. The central midfielder was previously tied to the Spanish giants until the summer of 2021, but he has now been rewarded with a two-year extension.

Injured Michael Essien Trains Alone

An injured Michael Essien trained separately from the rest of the team at Persib Bandung's training session on Tuesday, as per reports. The 35-year old Ghanaian soccer star has been having recurrent fitness issues. He is now a shadow of his former self and not the very fit player he used to be. Despite all these, there are strong links with a move to the Major League Soccer (MLS).

Michael Essien Released By Persib Bandung

Ghanaian footballer Michael Essien has been released by Persib Bandung ahead of the new Liga 1 season after he was conspicuously missing from the team’s launching ceremony on Saturday. The 35-year-old was said to have extended his contract with the Bandung Tigers for another season, but the club have now decided to release him as part of the league’s transfer policy.

Michael Essien linked with switch to Persib rivals

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has been linked with a surprise move to Persipura Jayapura after failing to report to pre-season training with Persib Bandung. The Ghanaian's present deal only expires at the end of the year, but the club have the option of extending the contract by an additional year.

Michael Essien Sees Eden Hazard Leaving for Real Madrid

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien claims that there is a higher probability that superstar Eden Hazard could end up joining Real Madrid in the upcoming summer. Hazard appeared to be close to agreeing a contract with Chelsea, as his existing deal only has a couple of years left. The 26-year-old was rumoured to be made the next big star at Chelsea with a rumoured wage packet of around £ 300,000 per week. However, the threat of Real Madrid has been surrounding Hazard ever since he was a talented midfielder at Lille. Those rumours continue to grow with Real Madrid being managed by Zinedine Zidane – the idol of Hazard.

Zidane and Hazard have showered mutual respect on a number of occasions. This coupled with the glamour of playing for a club like Real Madrid could eventually force this transfer, according to a player who has played for both clubs in the past. Essien is known for his time at Chelsea, but he spent a small time on loan at Real Madrid while recovering from a long-term injury problem. As a result, he is one of the few players in the world who knows what it takes to play for both Chelsea and Real Madrid. After having been one of the top players since making the switch from Lille in 2012, Hazard may want a new challenge in his career.

D.Boateng & M.Essien admit finishing their careers in Ghana

Former Ghana international Derek Boateng has revealed that he could potentially finish his professional career in his homeland alongside Michael Essien. Boateng, who has previously won 47 caps for the Black Stars, is presently a free-agent following his exit from OFI Crete earlier in the summer.

In an interview covered by Ghanasoccernet, Boateng revealed that the pair could potentially reunite at the Liberty Professionals, where they began their respective youth careers, he said, "Oh yeah, why not? I don’t have a problem playing in the Ghana Premier League, in fact it is something me and Essien have talked about before. That we should come back home and play for Liberty Professionals before we retire because we really didn’t have a feel of the Ghana league before leaving the shores of Ghana to play in Europe."

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.

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