Official: Panathinaikos sign Michael Essien

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has joined Panathinaikos on a free transfer, the club has announced.

The ex-Chelsea man is currently a free agent following the conclusion of an 18-month spell at Milan and will begin the next chapter of his career in Greece

Essien told the Greek club’s official website on Tuesday: “I am very happy that I am here and that I will continue my career with Panathinaikos.”

“I am looking forward to meeting my new team and to winning trophies with my new team-mates.

“I want to give back the love that everyone has shown me and to thank the fans that welcomed me so warmly.”

The 32-year-old failed to nail down a regular starting berth during his time at San Siro, making just 20 Serie A appearances in total for the Rossoneri.

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