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Chelsea Star Michael Essien Is Open To Real Madrid & Barcelona Offers - Agent

Battling Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien is open to offers from Spanish powerhouse clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid, according to the player's agent, Fabian Piveteau, who declared today that should either the treble-winning history-makers or the nine-time European Cup winners come calling, then a move may become too tempting.

Piveteau was also quick to stress that Essien likes Chelsea, but then ominously warned that "football is football".

"Some clubs are interested in Michael," Piveteau told Kick Off Ghana.

"He likes Chelsea very much, but football is football and if Real Madrid, Barcelona or some other club make an offer, he needs to sit down and discuss what is best for him."

Essien has been one of Chelsea's most influential players of late, and what he offers the first-team was noticeable as his return from injury during the last campaign seemed to grant the side a fresh lease of life.

The Blues' midfield had been criticised throughout the campaign for being too one-paced and one-dimensional as they could not boast a key trick-filled and pacey winger, however, upon Essien's return, that changed as his direct and attacking style from deep brought instant results.

Alan Dawson,