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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Essien hoping to make Chelsea impact

Kevin Palmer

Michael Essien has credited Jose Mourinho with reviving his career and now hopes to make an impression under the new Chelsea manager at Stamford Bridge.

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Mourinho made a surprise move to bring an injury-plagued Essien to Real Madrid on loan during last summer's transfer window, with the Ghana international impressing at the Santiago Bernabeu and playing more than expected.

Yet with his spell at Madrid coming to an end, the midfielder has set his sights on re-establishing himself at Chelsea under the Portuguese once again.

"When Mourinho wants me to do a job for him, I will do it," Essien told the Evening Standard. "He is a great manager and everybody is happy to have him back. Jose is the right man to take the club forward. It is good for him to be here and we will see what happens.

"I have got my energy back and I feel I can do a job for the team again. It was important for me to play a lot of games and prove my fitness. Now I have, I am happy to play wherever is best for the team.

"I have got two years left [on my Chelsea contract]. I have not spoken with Jose about my future yet, so I will see if he wants me."

Essien played an important role during Mourinho's first stint as Blues manager, with the coach signing him for 24.4 million from Lyon in August 2005. He has struggled at Stamford Bridge in recent years, however, with injuries having halted his progress.

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