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'Tell the Singapore clubs to come get me'- Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien open to Singapore stint

Goal.com logo Goal.com 16/5/2018

In his prime Essien was described as one of the world's best midfielders. This description was earned especially during his time at Chelsea F.C. where his tough-tackling combined with his technical abilities propelled him and the club to a new era of success. When quizzed on what was his best moment at the club, the shy 35-year-old was typically modest.

"I had an amazing time at Chelsea. I can't pinpoint to a specific event but the best moment was the honour of signing for Chelsea because I was proud to be at such a club," explained the Ghanaian.

Michael Essien wearing a blue shirt © Provided by Goal.com

A wave of emotions was also felt when the Blues made it all the way to the FA Cup final in 2007 going up against Manchester United. Essien often mentions that playing at such a sacred footballing ground like Wembley can leave a deep imprint for any footballer.

"I mean walking out of the stadium and to see 100,000 fans going crazy. Looking on one side and you see a sea of supporters in blue and the opposite all in red. It was quite amazing and all of a sudden the pitch becomes bigger. Thus you need to run extra but to win was good."

Although Chelsea was his club, not many knew that as a boy in Ghana the team he supported was Manchester United which only made the victory in the FA Cup final in 2007 over United even sweeter.

"As a young boy, all we used to watch was the Premier League at that time. I know the FA cup is quite important. It’s as important as the Premier League in England. And I had a chance to win it over our biggest rival and it was also in the new Wembley. It was a great moment," recalled, “The Bison”: the nickname he was given during his time in England.

Meanwhile, Essien will certainly have a chance to relive his Chelsea days as on the 18th of May, he will be lining up against former Chelsea players as they prepare to take on Inter Forever at Stamford Bridge. The match is a tribute to the recently departed Ray Wilkins whom the midfielder shared a close relationship with.

"I had him as my assistant coach. He is a lovely man and I have never heard anyone say something bad about him. He had this aura around him and he makes you feel real comfortable. We had a great friendship and at one point we were living on the same street. He was a neighbour and I would knock on his door sometimes. It was sad to hear the news but I am looking forward to the game and to line up alongside the legends."

Turning to Singapore, with news of Tony Adams reportedly applying for the job of Singapore's national team coach, “The Bison” was asked if Adams would be able to take the Lions to greater heights.

"I mean Tony is a legend. He did a lot for Arsenal. I am confident should he get the job, he would do well. In football these days, things are very unpredictable so we will see what he can do. Like they say no risk, no reward," replied Essien.

Lastly, with the 35-year-old without a club currently, the idea was broached if there was a possibility of seeing him play in the Singapore Premier League.

"Tell the clubs to come and buy me. I like Singapore It is very clean, people speak English and are warm. I mean it would be a pleasure to play here so tell them to come."

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