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Essien denies Milan link, hopes for weekend win

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has committed his future to Chelsea, despite reports linking him to a summer move to AC Milan

Karim Farouk, Friday 6 May 2011
(Photo: Reuters)
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"Nothing is true. I have not had any contact either with AC Milan or any other clubs, because everyone knows that Chelsea is happy with the player and Michael is happy at Chelsea," Michael Essien's agent Fabien Piveteau told tuttomercatoweb.

"He is well in London and intends to stay there for the next three years," he added.

The 28-year old Ghanaian midfielder — who is under contract until 2015 — had an injury-plagued season and was rumored to be close to Chelsea’s exit door.

"It is fair to say it has been a mixed season for me. It started very well ... and as the team kept winning my form just got better. But then suddenly my fine form became average for whatever reason,” Essien wrote in his blog on Chelsea’s official website.

The tireless midfielder recovered lately, which seems a boost for the Blues’ in their title race, coming at a crucial point when they’ll clash with Manchester United next Saturday at Old Trafford.

Chelsea managed to cut the gap with the Reds to only three points with just three games left to play.

"To use a sandwich analogy: sweet bread on top, sour filling and more sweet bread at the bottom. We have hit a good run of form lately and have managed to haul ourselves back into the title race,” Essien said.

"We have to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford this weekend to ensure we are in the driving seat, and I can assure you we are up for it," Essien concluded.

United are leading the Premier League table with 73 points, three ahead of second placed Chelsea.

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