Michael Essien impressing at Real Madrid

Michael Essien
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Loanee midfielder Michael Essien receives praise from assistant coach Aitor Karanka regarding the way that he has begun his career with Real Madrid.

Real Madrid's assistant coach Aitor Karanka has admitted that he has been pleased with the way that Michael Essien has settled in at the club.

The Ghana international joined Los Blancos on a season-long deal from European champions Chelsea during the summer.

He has since gone on to play in a number of positions for the capital-based side, including on the left-wing during Madrid's 2-0 victory over Celta Vigo at the weekend.

"That's what you sign Essien for," Karanka told Marca. "He's a well-known player capable of playing in a number of positions.

"It was an important game after the international break and his performance was exactly what we expected from him."

Essien has made five appearances in all competitions this season.

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