Chelsea have announced that midfielder Michael Essien has completed his move to Italian side AC Milan.
The 31-year-old Ghana international leaves Stamford Bridge after a trophy-laden stint which began when he was signed from Lyon in the summer of 2005 SkySports report.
He won the first of two Premier League titles in his first season at the club and was also a member of Chelsea sides who won the Champions League, four FA Cups and a League Cup.
Jose Mourinho was the man who signed Essien for Chelsea and then took him to Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal in 2012 before the duo returned to London last summer. Essien made 256 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 25 goals, but his first-team appearances have been limited this season.
However, he captained the side in a 2-0 FA Cup third-round win at Derby earlier this month, which turned out to be his final start for the club.
Mourinho said, “To show Michael respect is to not stop him going. We would have been happy had he stayed, because he is a fantastic player for the team, but he’s given everything for the club and a great chance arrived for his future.
“I know he can continue to play at a high level and I wish him success and happiness in Italy and at the World Cup in Brazil.”