The future of former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien will become clear in the next two weeks according to Italian agent Fabrizio Ferrari. Despite arriving at the San Siro only in January, Essien has been linked with a move away from the club since he reportedly does not figure in the plans of new manager Filippo Inzaghi. Clarence Seedorf was sacked as the manager of Milan a few months ago and the club promoted their former striker Inzaghi from within the ranks. Inzaghi has to deliver the results this season in order to get Milan back into the Champions League.
The club are expected to undergo a major overhauling of the squad, but it will primarily be done through the sale of existing players. After the recent departure of Kaka to Orlando, Essien has been the surprise name to be linked with an exit. His Ghana international teammate Muntari has also been linked with an exit. Zenit St Petersburg are reportedly interested in securing the 31-year-old, who has suffered numerous injury problems in the last five years. During 2008, Essien was close to being considered as one of the best players in the world.
Now, he is in danger of finishing his career in a league outside the top five. Ferrari said that the player’s future will become clear after Inzaghi takes a closer look. “I spoke today with the agent of the Ghanaian and he said before anything that he wanted to speak with Inzaghi [AC Milan coach] and begin pre-season with Milan before figuring out where they to go next. I think within a fortnight, we will meet to understand the situation. He’ll take fifteen days to figure out how he will fit in this new project. ?? He is a player with great international experience. If healthy, I think he can still give a lot,” said Ferrari.