Essien future hangs in the balance, according to agent
Michael Essien’s future at Chelsea hinges upon who the club appoint as their new manager this summer, according to the player’s agent, Fabien Piveteau.
Once the beating heart of Chelsea’s midfield, Essien has endured a torrid time with injuries in recent seasons. After suffering a reoccurrence of the anterior cruciate ligament injury that saw him miss the 2010 World Cup, the Ghanian has made only eleven appearances this campaign, including his much-criticised contribution against Napoli this week.
29-year old Essien appears to have been supplanted in the Chelsea side by the youthful John Obi-Mikel and Oriol Romeu – particularly the latter – leading to speculation that the player who cost Chelsea £24 million pounds in 2005 could join Juventus this summer.
Piveteau has denied any such rumours, recently telling Italian newspaper Calciomercato:
“Right now there is nothing and I have not heard from any Italian club. Is he happy at Chelsea? He is going through a difficult time but only because he has come back from a serious injury.”
Piveteau insists that Essien is happy under Chelsea’s interim coach Roberto Di Matteo, but acknowledges a reassessment of his client’s situation will take place when a successor to Andre Villas-Boas is found this summer.
“I have spoken to Chelsea and they said they are happy”, Piveteau continued, “but in football you can’t guarantee what happens in the future. He has three years left on his contract but it depends on who will coach Chelsea in the summer.”
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