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Michael Essien’s career has just hit a sad new low

The Blues paid Lyon £24million in 2005 for the Ghana international who went on to play for AC Milan

The Chelsea great won the Champions League, two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the League Cup during nine years at Stamford Bridge.

A £24million Blues buy from Lyon in 2005, Ghana international Essien went on to play for AC Milan and Panathinaikos.

Michael Essien has dropped his standards later in his career

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Michael Essien has dropped his standards later in his career

The 35-year-old joined Indonesian top-flight club Persib Bandung last year to become the country’s highest-profile footballer of all time.

He scored five goals in 29 games last season for the Liga 1 outfit.


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However Persib have now released Essien after filling their maximum quota of foreign players with a series of close-season signings.

Club chief executive Zainuri Hasyim said: “Essien was not among the players we launched for the new season, because we wanted to fulfil the PSSI [Indonesian FA] regulation of four foreign players in a team.”

Michael Essien won two Premier League title in nine years at Chelsea

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Michael Essien won two Premier League title in nine years at Chelsea

Michael Essien played under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

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Michael Essien played under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

The news is a humiliating snub to the Accra-born midfield powerhouse, who has won 58 Ghana caps.

However local media reports claim Essien is set to be thrown a career lifeline by Persib’s league rivals Bali United, based in Indonesia’s tourist paradise.

Ex-Chelsea star Michael Essien chases player around pitch in Indonesia

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