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Michael Essien joins Panathinaikos

French media outlet L’Equipe has revealed that former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has agreed to join Panathinaikos.

The Ghanaian footballer has been allowed to leave AC Milan as his contract is coming to an end, and he has quickly found a new club.

According to L’Equipe, Essien agreed a two-year deal with Panathinaikos worth around €1.2 million per campaign.

The 32-year-old revealed on his Twitter account that he had been impressed by the reception from PAO fans upon arriving in Athens.

Michael Essien was one of world’s most expensive players when he left Lyon for Chelsea in 2005 and he went on to spend next nine years at Stamford Bridge.

The Ghana international moved to AC Milan on a free transfer in January 2014, but has since struggled to prove his worth in Italian Serie A.

After making just 20 league appearances in a year and a half, Essien was allowed to leave San Siro.

Tue 2 Jun, 2015
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