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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Essien set to leave Chelsea, agent says

Michael Essien is set to leave Chelsea, according to his agent, but AC Milan have yet to make an approach for the midfielder.

Michael Essien's contract at Chelsea is set to expire at the end of the season.
Michael Essien's contract at Chelsea is set to expire at the end of the season.

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Essien had been a key player under Jose Mourinho during the manager’s first stint at Chelsea, and the Portuguese had even taken him on loan to Real Madrid last season, but the Ghana international has made only five appearances in the Premier League so far this season.

Mourinho had said last month that Essien would not be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge on loan, but an exit now appears inevitable as the 31-year-old seeks further playing time.

“The player will leave Chelsea,” Fabien Piveteau told Tuttomercatoweb. “I have had a lot of contact with different clubs, but Milan are not one of them -- or at least I personally haven’t had direct contact with the Rossoneri.

“I have some important meetings coming up this week, and then I will fly to London to assess the best solution with the club and the player.”

The Sun claimed on Thursday that Napoli are keen on Essien, whose contract expires at the end of the season, after former Blues coach Rafa Benitez failed with a bid to sign John Obi Mikel.

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