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Michael Essien, Champions League-bound


Ghana and Chelsea midfielder, Michael Essien has received what appears to be a morale-booster from his club manager Jose Mourinho, who has promised Champions League action for the former Olympique Lyon man this season, yet again.

After what seemed like a shock, when the Portuguese manager omitted the midfield anchor from his initial Champions League squad submitted to UEFA earlier this season, the Ghanaian has worked tirelessly for his country and perhaps club though featuring in only League cup games and a cameo appearance against West Ham United in the English Premiership [thus, 3 appearance all season].

The former Real Madrid manager has highlighted Essien's professionalism in training. Agoronet understands, Jose Mourinho is planning on settling the Ghanaian in his 'good books' for regular soccer action once more.

The manager reiterated his desire to feature the Ghanaian in this season's Champions League knock-out stage when the transfer window opens for new registration, early next year, January.

Speaking to the official club website, chelseafc.com, the Portuguese manager said: "I will change Marco van Ginkel with Essien in the Champions League squad list. We are going to try to find balances. Our squad is our squad. Instead of thinking about the market, we will think about trying to work and trying to improve the team"


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