Chelsea transfers: AC Milan switch ‘fantastic’ for Essien, says Mourinho

Chelsea transfers: José Mourinho insists that Michael Essien's move to AC Milan is "fantastic" for the midfielder

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Michael Essien spent last season on loan at Real Madrid Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has described Michael Essien’s transfer to AC Milan from Chelsea as a “fantastic” move for the midfielder.

The Ghana international signed a 17-month deal with the Serie A side on Monday after being allowed to leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer.

The 31-year-old midfielder had been limited to just two Premier League starts this season after returning to west London following a loan spell at Real Madrid last season.

He’s given everything for the club and a great chance arrived for his future

Jose Mourinho

And Mourinho believes that the move will prove to be in the best interests of all concerned.

“He’s a player everyone loves in this club but it is a fantastic situation for him and we didn’t want to stop him,” said Mourinho.

“He deserved that the club let him go on a free transfer and with Nemanja Matic we covered the situation in midfield and we could let Michael go.”

Mourinho added: “He’s given everything for the club and a great chance arrived for his future.

“I know he can continue to play at a high level and I wish him success and happiness in Italy and at the World Cup in Brazil.”

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