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Madrid secure Essien loan

August 31, 2012
By ESPN staff
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has signed for Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal.

• Chelsea 1-4 Atletico Madrid

Essien, 29, had fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea after the arrival of several midfielders this summer and now reunites with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu.

The Ghana international had been a key part of the Blues' success during Mourinho's time at the club after signing from Lyon in 2005, making 247 appearances ...

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