Posted On Wednesday, 24th April 2013
Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has casted further doubts over his Chelsea return by insisting he wants regular playtime.
The 30-year-old was shipped off to Real Madrid on a season’s-long loan deal after struggling to win back his first team place at Stamford Bridge at the beginning of the season.
Essien has since flourished under Jose Mournho – slotting in regularly as a make-shift right back for the Spanish champions just like he did under the Portuguese manager’s reign at Chelsea.
The Ghana international is now set to return to the European champions as his loan deal expires in the summer but says he wants to play more – something that cannot be guaranteed yet as Chelsea will be welcoming a new manager at the end of the season.
“It’s been good, I can’t complain. I’m happy and have enjoyed the football,” Essien said.
“I’ve played a lot at right-back and I’ve enjoyed playing.
“It doesn’t matter what position (he plays), it is just nice to be on the pitch.”
The former Lyon man could however be the major beneficiary in the long run with reports linking Jose Mourinho with a return to Stamford Bridge.