Monday, 13th June, 2011

The agent of Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has admitted that his client has spoken to Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho – but is insistent that no deal has been agreed for the Ghanaian to head to the Bernabeu.

Essien played under Mourinho at Chelsea after arriving from Lyon in a deal worth some £25M. The Portuguese then helped to develop the midfielder into one of the finest enforcers in the game.

And Mourinho has never forgotten Essien’s brilliance, leading to talk that the former Inter boss was keen to take the 28-year-old to Real Madrid.

But this has been denied by Essien’s agent Fabien Piveteau.

"Michael will stay at Chelsea where he has four more years of contract", commented Piveteau to France Football.

"He’s alright in a beautiful city and at a very good club."

Piveteau did admit though that Essien spoke with Mourinho.

"He spoke with Mourinho on the phone, but that’s because they know each other, and the Portuguese wanted him at Chelsea."

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