Former Ghana international and Chelsea football club midfielder, Michael Essien, has recently revealed how he left Chelsea and “jumped off” the team’s bus to sign for Spanish giants, Real Madrid, in the 2012/2013 season.
Essien had spent nine years at Chelsea before he was sent on loan to Spanish club, Real Madrid, for the 2012-2013 season.
In a recent interview with Citi Sports monitored by ModernGhana News, the 38-year-old revealed the circumstances surrounding his surprising move to Real Madrid.
According to Essien, he received a call from then-Real Madrid manager, Jose Mourinho, who was his former manager at Chelsea.
Mourinho informed Essien that he wanted him to join Real Madrid, but the Ghanaian midfielder had already boarded the Chelsea team bus heading for an away match.
“I was with Chelsea in Monaco for the Super Cup and my cousin was with me. My phone rang a number of times and I failed to pick but my cousin asked me to pick but I told him I don’t know the number.
“Eventually, I picked and as soon as I heard the reply to my hello, I knew who it was. So I told my cousin that it is Jose Mourinho and we started talking,” Essien said, as quoted by GhanaSoccernet.
“The bus (Chelsea team bus) was leaving the hotel for the match so my agent called and asked me to come back to the hotel because he was going to fax the documents to me.
“I had to shout from the back of the bus for it to stop. All my teammates were looking at me like what was going on. So I got off the bus and my agent came around and everything happened. Thank God everything happened on time.”
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