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Michael Essien signs contract extension with Chelsea

Michael Essien
Essien joined the Stamford Bridge outfit from Lyon in 2005

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has signed a two-year extension to his contract, keeping him at Stamford Bridge until 2015.

The 27-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Lyon in 2005, has not played for the club since tearing a hamstring in December 2009.

"I am delighted because the club has shown big confidence and interest in me," said the Ghana international.

He has been ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury suffered in January.

"I am looking forward to coming back and enjoying my football and winning more trophies with the club," added Essien.

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"That is why I am here. I think it is one of the most important contracts in my career."

Essien has won two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and one League Cup since joining the club.

The midfielder, who was Chelsea's record signing at the time when he joined from Lyon for £24.4m, has scored 22 goals in 185 appearances for the Blues.



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see also
Michael Essien out of World Cup
27 May 10 |  World Cup 2010
Essien ruled out of Nations Cup
18 Jan 10 |  African
Chelsea delight at Essien signing
19 Aug 05 |  Chelsea


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