A lot of people in his west African country have tipped him to shine under the tutelage of the 'Special One'.
|Michael Essien is a great footballer. For some reason Roberto Di Matteo was yet to notice. Coming back from that injury was always going to be tough. Hopefully, he'll find his greatness back at Real Madrid. Excellent move. Great image for Ghana. [Jose] Mourinho knows him better.
- Nana Aba Anamoah, TV3 newscaster
|I honestly believe it is a good move considering it was well known that he was not part of Chelsea coach, Roberto Di Matteo’s plans for the season. This became obvious even in the early stage of the season so he had to move on.
- Felix Ato Kwamina Tandoh
|For Mourinho to do away with Granero, Sahin and Lassana Diarra to get Essien in shows he has plans for the Ghanaian player. Besides, he has fallen out of favour with Roberto Di Matteo as he is preferred after Lampard, Ramirez, Obi, Mereilles and even new boy Oscar, so I believe it’s a good move as he can win silverware with Madrid too.
- Bright Tino Kwawu
|For a 29-year-old sudden bench warmer, this is a near perfect move. He loves Mourinho and Mourinho loves him too. He has the talent and now the stage, so hopefully he will regain some confidence and form. The La Liga is somehow less physical so he could play with little threat of injuries.
- Foster Lartey
|“Essien would be working with a coach who absolutely trusts him in Jose Mourinho. Not many would have paid the £24.5 million that Mourinho spent in prizing him away from Lyon in the summer of 2005, but the ‘Only One’ had faith in the former Bastia midfielder’s abilities and his faith was handsomely paid,” the sports editor of Accra-based Metro Tv and editor of footy-ghana.com said. He thinks one of Essien’s greatest attributes is his ability to play in a number of positions and that will help him at the Bernabeu.
- Christopher Opoku
| The sports analyst and editor of liquidsportsghana.com thinks it is a good move for the ‘Bison’, although he would have wished to see Essien at Arsenal. He said Essien has nothing to lose by going to the Bernabeu because he has won everything in England including the Uefa Champions League. “Who knows, he could be on his way to winning a second Champions League title with Real because Mourinho will not bring him to Spain if he thought Essien was not good enough.”
- Erasmus Kwaw
|“I have been around a while to know surprises do happen on the deadline of the transfer window, but one that sees Michael Essien end up at Real Madrid was one I never anticipated,” GNA journalist and GTV sports hostess, Veronica Commey said. She says the quality in the midfield at Real is incredibly ridiculous and Essien will be the first to admit it will take more than hard work to pin a place down. But she believes he can succeed depending on how much work he wants to put through. “I have seen players bounce back before in a manner that challenged logic and I will wish Essien is the same,”
- Veronica Commey
|Seriously, Essien’s departure was clearly going to happen, but what is the point in loaning out a player who is 29 years of age and almost past his peak? On the other hand, I believe Essien could have offered something more to the team considering the kind of performance Mikel Obi is putting up in defensive midfield which is very poor. All in all I want to wish him all the best, but I will have wanted us to keep him.
- Ezeekiel Bekoe
|As a Madrid fan, I think it is a good deal for both the player and the club. Last season the player was not in good form and knowing that it was Mourinho who brought him to Chelsea, I will not doubt his decision to bring him in because if he performs half as well as he did for Chelsea we should be very pleased. We have good central midfielders but he will be one of our best defensive ones and knowing that he can also help going forward makes him a good option and if Mourinho can bring back his confidence we will have made a very good deal.
- Robert Tawiah