Michael Essien "happy" to join AC Milan

Michael Essien is delighted to be on the verge of completing his move from Chelsea to AC Milan.

Michael Essien has said that he "cannot wait" to start working with coach Clarence Seedorf at AC Milan.

Chelsea revealed on Friday that they have reached a deal with the Italian club for the transfer of the 31-year-old Ghanaian midfielder this month.

"I'm happy to be here," he told Milan Channel. "I will do my best for Milan and I hope to be ready to play.

"I spoke with Mr Seedorf two days ago. I cannot wait to be available.

"I really want to thank the [Chelsea] chairman (Roman Abramovich) and the team and [manager Jose] Mourinho, who has allowed me to wear the Rossoneri shirt."

The completion of the transfer is subject to a medical and Essien agreeing personal terms with Milan.

Michael Essien of Chelsea and Simon Dawkins of Derby battle for the ball during the Budweiser FA Cup Third Round match on January 5, 2014
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