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Michael Essien reveals the key role Didier Drogba played in convincing him to reject Manchester United

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Michael Essien reveals the key role Didier Drogba played in convincing him to reject Manchester United Michael Essien reveals the key role Didier Drogba played in convincing him to reject Manchester United

Michael Essien reveals the key role Didier Drogba played in convincing him to reject Manchester United

Michael Essien spent nine years at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea legend Michael Essien insists he would have ‘loved’ to play for Manchester United but he couldn’t reject the Blues after Didier Drogba teamed up with Jose Mourinho to convince him to move to Stamford Bridge.

The Ghanian was at Lyon when he was the subject of a tug-of-war between the Premier League rivals, with Sir Alex Ferguson viewing the dynamic midfielder as long-term replacement for Roy Keane.

United were leading the race throughout 2005 but it was Chelsea that won the 26m race for Essien’s signature and he won eight major honours during his nine years in west London.

And Essien’s revealed that Chelsea legend Drogba played a key part in his decision as the striker spoke to him on the phone before passing on his number to Mourinho.

Alex Ferguson wanted to sign Essien but he chose Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

‘My second year at Lyon, when we finished the season, I came back to start pre-season with them and I came back very happy to start pre-season. That?s when the other teams started coming in like Chelsea and Manchester United,’ Essien told South African reporter Carol Tshabalala.

?At that point I?d have loved to have joined United. But I was speaking with Jose every other day and he made It clear, very straight to me, that he wanted me to join Chelsea and there was only Chelsea that could pay the transfer fee at that time.
?It was not easy but I remember the first time I spoke to Jose. I went to Malouda?s house for a barbeque and then during the barbeque Drogba called him and he and Drogba started speaking because they are very close and then Drogba asked him, ?When you see Michael, whenever you see him, can you tell him Jose wants his number, Jose wants to talk to him"? but then he said, ?No, Michael is here, we?re having a barbeque!?.

?So he gave the phone to me and I started speaking to Drogba and that?s how we started. I passed on my number to him and he passed it on to Jose and that?s when everything started. It was a tough transfer saga.’

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Mourinho made no secret of his admiration for Essien after he left Chelsea and he refers to the Ghanian as his ‘son’.

The Portuguese coach signed the midfielder when he arrived at Real Madrid in 2010.

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