Pana reception encouraged me to sign for them – Essien

Essien PanaEssien with officals of Panathinaikos before he signed his contract with them

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has revealed the warm reception he received at Panathinaikos forced him to sign for the Greek super powers.

The 33-year-old joined the Greens last summer from Italian giants AC Milan.

And the Ghana international has spoken again about the warm reception he received.

“It was something crazy and I was not expecting it. I landed late in Athens, but I saw so many people and I was thrilled,” he said

“I greatly appreciate the reception. When I saw so many people I decided to sign. I came for the exam and to see the environment, but after that everything was easier and I signed.”