Michael Essien: We don’t mess around in Chelsea training

Michael Essien insists that Chelsea training has been as competitive as ever since Jose Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge

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

Michael Essien insists that Chelsea training has been as competitive as ever since Jose Mourinho’s return to west London this summer.

The Portuguese coach is currently preparing his troops for the new Premier League campaign after signing a four-year deal with the Blues following his exit from Real Madrid back in June.

And Essien, who spent last season on loan to the La Liga side and returned to Stamford Bridge along with the 50-year-old manager, says that the Blues are in competitive mood as they look to launch a Premier League title bid.

“Everybody wants to win. It’s the mentality we have,” Essien told Chelsea’s website.

“Even in training we don’t mess around, everyone is competitive and I think it’s good for us going into games, and for the team spirit.”

The 30-year-old Ghana international added: “It’s good so far, everything is going well.

“We’re working hard and we will keep doing that. It’s nice to be back, seeing the young players, the new ones as well as my old friends and I’m looking forward to the new season.

“I feel very good. The hard work is paying off and I just feel like I need more games, to build the minutes and to get full games.”

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